Advent is a time to give thanks for the blessings and, most importantly, to grow in our relationship with God
St Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, writing in his column in the Review, said that the season of Advent, and especially Gaudete Sunday (the Third Sunday of Advent) is a powerful reminder that the reign of God is a reign of joy, a time of mercy and forgiveness, an experience of true peace and harmony among all members of God’s family.
This is a time to make good things happen by practicing acts of kindness. Here are some ideas:
- Let someone in ahead of you in traffic
- Introduce yourself to neighbours and bring baked goods or sweets
- Smile at strangers
- Open the door for someone
- Leave a nice note for your spouse
- Write a letter to your parent or grandparent telling them how much you appreciated something they have done in the past.
- Pay for the coffee for the person behind you
- Pick up litter and put it in a dustbin
- Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while
- Donate clothes, shoes or food to the needy
- Forgive yourself for mistakes you’ve made and promise to confess them in the sacrament of reconciliation