The Word Among Us

Advent 2019 Issue

A Time of Silence

Watching and waiting with Zechariah.

A Time of Silence: Watching and waiting with Zechariah.

Christmas. Carols fill the airwaves. New, elaborate decorations pop up on city streets, in shopping centers and around people’s homes. At Mass we sing, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” we put aside the Gloria, and we light Advent candles. For some of us, the whole season evokes warm memories of the past and eager anticipation of future family gatherings.

For others of us, Christmas brings some degree of anxiety. Maybe we don’t have enough money to pay our bills, let alone purchase gifts for...

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