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Diocese of Monterey

December 1, 2013 | Sacred Heart Church

An Advent Message from Fr. Noel

Are you familiar with the meaning of the word advent? Perhaps you might have some idea of the meaning, yet you struggle to understand it. Advent comes from the Latin work adventus, which means the coming, anticipation and visitation of Jesus. Put succinctly, advent means the preparation for the arrival of Jesus Christ on Christmas.

Advent, however, is also related to the Latin word inventus. Inventus means the discovery, finding, seeking and reaching out. Both Latin words, adventus and inventus, are intimately connected like hand ad glove. Taken together you can get a full picture of the meaning of Advent. Again, what does advent really mean?

Advent is a time dedicated to preparing ourselves for the coming of Jesus Christ. Advent s a time to find Him, first and foremost, in our lives, in our neighbors, in the poor, in the homeless, in strangers, in creation as well as in the faces of our brothers and sisters. […]

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