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Beginning Advent


What does it mean to do this again - for four weeks, four candles, “the people who walk in darkness” looking for Light?

What does it mean that we do this again - we who rush through everything, who hardly notice where we are, having to slow ourselves to light one candle at a time and understand what it is for?

What does it mean to do this again - proclaiming yet once more the One whose birth we’ve announced every year as long as we can remember?




Are we such creatures of habit that we’ll keep on keeping a festival for no good reason? Or can it possibly be that God keeps being born?

Probably so. Most assuredly so. Otherwise the again would have no power for us. But in our one-candle hearts, our ever-waiting-for-the-Christ-candle hearts we somehow know that all the power is in the “again”. The Word becomes flesh … and the people who walk in darkness rejoice. Again

— Brenda Peic-Faszcza


In the beginning there was DARKNESS … before LIGHT broke through …the UNIVERSAL LIGHT we call GOD.

If Christmas is the celebration of light, then the Universe is celebrating Christmas some 15 billion years!

The Light is in everything created, in every single living soul on this planet.

This is not to pretend that there is not also within us and within the heart of creation a terrible darkness. Rather, it is to say that the LIGHT is deeper, stronger – and the darkness will not overcome the LIGHT.

— J. Philip Newell, The Book of Creation


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