WAITING WITH JOY: The rose candle reminds us that the very joyful occasion of the Lord’s birth is truly at the heart of our Advent preparation of prayer and penitence.  Real joy is the fruit of the Spirit and we welcome it as a gift. The Baptist points the way to true joy: to prepare for the Lord’s Birth in our lives by sharing goods with the poor, by rejecting any form of abuse of power, and by sincerity to our brothers and sisters.  The way to be joyful is to touch and care for Jesus when He comes to us in the guise of ‘people in need’.   This is the real secret of Christian life. – www.bibleclaret.org

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