With Advent the ecclesiastical year begins in the Western churches. During this time the faithful are admonished
- to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's coming into the world as the incarnate God of love,
- thus to make their souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace, and
- thereby to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world.
Tomorrow begins the penitential season of Advent. I write this web log with lit pipe warmly glowing in hand. Over the next 4 weeks it will be a minor sacrifice to offer up while preparing for the coming of our Savior.