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Dec 5, 2022

This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Recently, many Americans devoted much time to make a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends. In just a few weeks, many will be preparing Christmas dinner. Think about what goes into holiday meals: likely hours of shopping for the right ingredients, then measuring, cutting and mixing, all to prepare the perfect experience for you and your guests. In this period of Advent, are you preparing spiritually to receive Jesus at Christmas? It is vitally important during this time to block out the noise and the clutter and to make room for another type of celebration. Sacred Scripture reminds us to “Prepare the way of the Lord”. It is this preparation that is far more important, far more meaningful and far more renewing than anything else we do!