By Fr. Paul D. Scalia, The Catholic Thing - Advent is the time to shake off drowsiness of heart. It is a penitential season in which we detach ourselves from both indulgence and busyness. The way to prepare for our Lord’s birth is to refrain from excessive food and drink and to master our schedules, so that we don’t become drowsy from indulgence or anxiety. Christ was born in the wee hours of the morning. The celebration of His birth is not for the drowsy of heart. Only the wakeful can grasp Christmas joy.
By Jennifer Gregory Miller, Catholic Culture - November 30 is the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle and also the pivotal date for the beginning of Advent, starting the Sunday closest to November 30... Also on November 30 starts the tradition to begin two traditional novenas: 1) the Novena to the Immaculate Conception of Mary honoring the patroness of the United States in preparation for her feast day on December 8, and 2) the Christmas Anticipation Prayer, traditionally prayed fifteen times each day before Christmas.
Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word - Luke 10:21-24 - In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son ...
Franciscan Media - Andrew was Saint Peter’s brother, and was called with him. “As [Jesus] was walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is now called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:18-20).