Happy Advent! We enter into the second week of this season of prepara- tion, lighting a second violet candle and drawing closer to our Lord’s birthday.
Out and about in the world, much discussion has been made about Pope Francis’ first encyclical Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). Although it is extensive, the title captures very well the intent of the whole: that the Gos- pel is our joy! And it is that joy that is the foremost invitation to conversion, our greatest asset in evangelization.
What have been the joys of this Advent season thus far—can you name five specific joys from the last week? Is the joy evident in your life, or could it be more visible? How is God calling you to ex- perience and share the joy of His Son’s birth more explicitly?