Hey, today, 27 November, is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent, or the awakening of us to the good news of the coming day of the birth of Jesus Christ…our savior.

Advent is a period of spiritual preparation in which many Christians make themselves ready for the coming, or birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Celebrating Advent typically involves a season of prayer, fasting, and repentance, followed by anticipation, hope, and joy.

Catholics, of which I am, celebrate a month of preparation. It is also know as the start of the church year. It is a time of anticipation and joy. In the secular sense, as a young lad, I also viewed Advent as an exciting time in anticipation for the coming of Santa Clause on Christmas morning. Of course, living across the road from a Catholic church, my parents made me go to church every morning before school during the Advent season. Looking back, while I dreaded that routine, I must say that I am glad that I did it for the many years of my youth.

Family lightning candles on an Advent wreath

For those who do not believe in Jesus Christ or who are not believers in Christianity at all, I would  like to point out that whatever your beliefs are, Christianity brought much to western and eastern culture in literature, architecture, music and visual art:

Lichfield Cathedral Pilgrimage in a Day - The British Pilgrimage Trust

Guide to the Cologne Cathedral in Germany

Chartres Cathedral | History, Interior, Stained Glass, & Facts | BritannicaBeautiful Stained-Glass Windows Around the World Photos | Architectural ...

Unbelievable beauty in the celebration of the Lord.

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church | HHL Architects

Free photo: Holy Bible - Bible, Black, Book - Free Download - Jooinn

The Last Supper Painting by Master of Portillo - Fine Art America

Famous michelangelo pieta statue of mary holding jesus bronze religious ...

In this crazy world we live in, it is nice to enjoy all that Christianity has given us but to also recognize all that the Christian faith and beliefs have contributed to our culture and society.

With your faith in check all worry and anxiety fades away.

Remember: If I am wrong about all of this I have nothing to lose but if you are wrong in your belief that Jesus Christ doesn’t exists or your denial of Christ as the savior then you have everything to lose.

Happy Advent season.