Advent 1998

The beginning of the final Advent year of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000

Called to be People of Forgiveness and Justice on a Journey to the Father

The Justpeace Advent Wreath

The First Candle

The Second Candle

The Third Candle

Open wide the doors to Christ, Jubilee Year 2000 page from the US Catholic Bishops

Tertio Millennio Adveniente, encyclical letter of Pope John Paul II

During Advent we enter into a time of expectation and waiting. While the whole world around us frantically rushes about, commencing its Christmas celebration before Thanksgiving, the Church calls us to wait in quiet hopefulness for the Nativity. We read prophetic calls to justice and hear visions of a future where swords are beaten into plowshares. The year 1999 has been dedicated by the Holy Father to justice, charity, and penance in our journey to God the Father, it is truly a year of the poor -- where we are to examine our consciences regarding our willing participation in the war against the poor -- where we seek metanoia, a change of heart, conversion of manners, so that we can truly embrace a preferential option for the poor. It is a time when solidarity can become more than a pious description of something we hope we never have to actually experience.

As is customary in Catholic homes, Justpeace will light a candle each Sunday of our own Advent wreath. But as is often the case here at, it is a wreath with a bit of a twist.

May your Advent be filled with joyous expectation; may you open you heart and ears and eyes to see and hear and experience the cry of the widow and the orphan. May the peaceful spirit of this blessed season be with all of us.

From the United States Catholic Bishops:

The Christian life can be viewed as "a great pilgrimage to the house of the Father . . . ,which has many doors!" (TMA, no. 49). Pilgrimages are journeys of repentance, thanksgiving, healing, and adoration. They provide us the opportunity to examine our conscience, to undertake the "call to conversion as the indispensable condition of Christian love . . . in contemporary society" (TMA, no. 50). As each of us is called to examine his or her conscience, we ask forgiveness for those times when we have turned from God or humanity. This examination also calls us to ask, "Who are the people from whom I need to ask pardon?" "What changes must I make in my life?" "How must my life be different?" Our journey to the Father is truly a journey towards justice and peace where we constantly seek to discover who are our sisters and brothers.