Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

November 26, 2008

Advent: A Season of Hope


You will be returning to school following Thanksgiving to a new Church Year! Help your students to welcome Advent as a season of hope in the coming of the Lord. Share the following quotations that express the hopeful expectations of some Christian saints. Then have the students write a short essay or journal entry on what they are hopeful for in this new year

"The time will come when there shall be one flock and one shepherd, one faith and one clear knowledge of God." (St. Birgitta of Sweden)

"God is so good and merciful, that to obtain Heaven it is sufficient to ask it of him from our hearts." (St. Benedict Joesph Labre)

"Let the world indulge in its madness, for it cannot endure and passes like a shadow. It is growing old, and I think is in its last decrepit stage. But we, buried deep in the wounds of Christ, why should we be dismayed." (St. Peter Canisius)

"Hope always draws the soul from the beauty that is seen to what is beyond, always kindles the desire for the hidden through what is perceived" (St. Gregory of Nyssa)

"If Christ is with us, who is against us? You can fight with confidence when you are sure of victory. With Christ and for Christ victory is certain." (St. Bernard)

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