Advent Begins...

"Today the season of Advent begins, the journey of spiritual renewal in preparation for Christmas. The voices of the prophets who proclaim the Messiah ring out in the liturgy asking for conversion of heart and for prayer: Prepare the way of the Lord! (Luke 3:4), because he will come to visit his people in peace.
Come Christ, Prince of Peace! Preparing for his birth means reawakening the hope of peace in ourselves and throughout the world. Build peace in our hearts first of all, by laying down the weapons of rancor, revenge, and every form of selfishness."

Pope John Paul II, Angelus, November 20, 2003