The Youth & Young Adult of St. Monica


The Joy

Christmas is exactly ONE WEEK AWAY!!! At this point, you better feel more like Buddy the Elf than the Grinch. This is exciting stuff, and that’s what this Gaudete Sunday—the third Sunday of Advent—is all about! It’s time to rejoice! Christmas is almost here! (All of those exclamation points are very necessary)

Advent, like Lent, is a season of penance. It’s a time for us to prepare for the coming of the Lord, which often means identifying the darker areas of our lives that are in need of the light of Christ. Then, we need to get ourselves to the Sacrament of Confession (or Reconciliation). Just like we need to have the proper disposition (aka we need to be in a state of grace and not a state of sin) to receive the Eucharist, we need to use the season of Advent to prepare our lives for the coming of Jesus. Confession prepares our souls in the way that trees, lights, and garland prepare our homes.

Advent is a season of JOYFUL expectation. Joy is only found in Christ. As we draw near to Christmas, if you are apart from Him because of sin, it’s time to return to Him. Join us for Reconciliation on Wednesday (7pm-9pm).