Advent for the two Christmases

Advent is the liturgical season dedicated before all others to hope or confident expectation of Christmas and so having a Christmas party in advent is directly opposed to the whole idea of the season.

Secular- plastic reindeer- consumer-winter goodwill-holiday Christmas is entirely over after Christmas, and so we celebrate it in advance to get a few days of pleasure in before the everything dies.

All this is a good education in the sorts of goods:

For the more perfectly the sovereign good is <!—->possessed<!––>, the more it is <!—->loved<!––>, and other things despised: because the more we <!—->possess<!––> it, the more we know it. Hence it is written (Sirach 24:29): “They that eat me shall yet hunger.” Whereas in the desire for wealth and for whatsoever temporal <!—->goods<!––>, the contrary is the case: for when we already <!—->possess<!––> them, we <!—->despise<!––> them, and seek others: which is the sense of Our Lord’s words (John 4:13): “Whosoever drinketh of this water,” by which temporal <!—->goods<!––> are signified, “shall thirst again.” The reason of this is that we realize more their insufficiency when we <!—->possess<!––> them: and this very fact shows that they are imperfect, and the sovereign good does not consist therein.

ST. 1-2. 2. 1 ad 3.

4 Comments

  1. TomD said,

    December 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    The modern celebration of Advent as Christmas is the same as the celebration of fornication as marriage.

    • December 13, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      I don’t see why secular people can’t borrow a Christian holiday for themselves. It celebrates lesser goods and causes a good deal of stress, but net-net the secular folks seem a little better off with it.

      • TomD said,

        December 15, 2016 at 2:15 am

        Sure – but I was talking about Christians. The secular people can check out Matthew 24:38 for both cases.

  2. Wood said,

    December 13, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    James,

    I see it similarly. I try to foster the virtue of hope during Advent and keep a light penitential spirit during Advent. Still, I think the modern Christmas after Halloween situation – for all its faults – is a way of secular man groping for joy, ANY joy, and the transcendent. It can be sad at times, but I do understand the motivation.


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