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Advent 2012

The Challenge Of The Manger In Bethlehem

Tobias Roberts | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

Advent should be the season for us to reflect, not just on the tenderness of the manger scene, but of what that scene represents below the surface. It should push us to understand that God became incarnate in the world of the poor and oppressed and shared intimately in that reality.

Real-Life Advent With My Children

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Cornelia Seigneur

I write about real-life because that is where I live with three active boys at home -- one curious 9-year-old Gus and 15-year-old twins, Wesley and Mickael Josef. And now my college-age son Ryan and his fiancée Larissa are home for Christmas as well with my daughter Rachel and her husband!

Why Advent Is Ugly (And Therefore Beautiful)

Andrea Palpant Dilley | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Andrea Palpant Dilley

Every time I turn on the TV, I'm reminded of the myth of Christmas perfection. I see a mother with make-up on baking cookies in the kitchen with her well-behaved children. Her home glows. Her tree glows. She glows. I know it's all part of a well-orchestrated fantasy directed by ad executives and retail kings, but still, I can't help but compare.

Where Was God Last Friday?

Matt Litton | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Matt Litton

Not a soul would take pleasure in God's quietness on this one. But in God's silence, there is a Story we turn to -- not for answers, but for hope.

WATCH: Wm. Paul Young: Coming To Find Us

Travis Reed | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

"The Shack" author, Wm. Paul Young, and his thoughts on the crisis of Advent.

How The Neo-Pagans Saved Advent

Matthew Milliner | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Matthew Milliner

With their surprisingly seasonal, covertly Christian expectations of doom, contemporary neo-pagans remind us (at least this December) that judgment draweth nigh. Even while countless Christmas carolers forget.

The War On Advent

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Ancient Christian saints, theologians and evangelists would be horrified that those who claim to stand for tradition have forgotten the most important aspect of it. Jesus Christ was not born that human beings would spend December shopping or saying, "Merry Christmas."

Advent: The Body Incarnated Bears New Light

Michele Somerville | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

I remember your advent / assumed the rounded shape hope / has, how the arching / patch of whiteness you incorporated / indicated the gleam an apple boasts / nesting in folds / in a work you called "Anticipating" / which might have been called / "The Body Incarnated / Bears New Light."

What Are You Waiting For During Advent?

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Is it an opportunity to meet the surprising around you? Is it an opportunity to reflect on what is most needed in your heart and in the world around you? How are you going to wait for that gift?

Pregnant With A King (Or Queen)

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

How ironic that the announcement of Kate Middleton's pregnancy was made on the second day of Advent! Has the season of Advent been shadowed or enhanced by the news of a modern-day royal birth?

WATCH: Parker Palmer: The Risk Of Incarnation

Travis Reed | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

Author, educator and activist Parker Palmer on Advent and the Word made flesh.

Of Mice And Ministers: An Ode To Advent And Axl Rose

Bert Montgomery | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

Advent forces us to acknowledge that there's nothing comfortable or nice or cozy or organized or neat or respectable about the coming of our Lord. It's dangerous. It's dirty. It's smelly. Mice roam freely.

Advent: Asking For A Sign

Alan Jones | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Alan Jones

The problem is that Christmas has lost it's shock value. One of the great purposes of Advent is to help us recover that shock.

Progressives, Advent, And The End Of The World

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 02.01.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

If we enter the Advent journey with a different perspective on time, the apocalyptic texts speak afresh.

Advent 2012: A Season Of Waiting For The Coming Of Christ

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion

Editor's note: Dear reader, may you have a blessed Advent! HuffPost Religion invites you to share your Advent reflections and experiences with us. Wha...

Advent Is About Desire

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Desire is a key part of Christian spirituality because desire is a key way that God's voice is heard in our lives. And our deepest desire, planted within us, is our Advent desire for Christ, the Desire of the Nations.