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By R.C. VanLandingham, Catholic Exchange, Dec. 17, 2021

R.C. VanLandingham resides in Florida with his wife and children.  ..

Advent is upon us once again.  It is my most favorite season as the build-up to Christmas is always so beautiful and joyful.  The songs, the decorations, the food, and the general joy that is manifest during Advent truly makes this season, as the song says, “the most wonderful time of the year.”

As a Catholic convert, Advent is an even more beautiful season than it was before my conversion.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains the joy and beauty of the season quite well: “When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. …

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