ISIS has threatened again and again to wipe out Christianity. Our times are not unlike the times of the Early Church, when Christians were literally thrown to the lions for their beliefs. Rather than let themselves be wiped out, Christians instead became stronger. They internalized their faith and practiced in private. In that way, they kept the faith alive.
Feeling like you blew Advent this year? Christmas is coming closer – fast – and you’re feeling like your Advent striving has fizzled. Don’t despair! True, we’re coming down the home stretch of Advent, but there’s much you can do to make the most of it even if you’ve hardly done anything spiritually fulfilling these past weeks. Marge describes the beautiful ancient verses known as the “O Antiphons” and explains how they can help you make the absolute most of this home stretch to Christmas.