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ADVENT RETREAT: Let us prepare to meet the Christ Child by going to Bethlehem with his Mother

By John Grondelski, EWTN News, November 28, 2022

John GrondelskiAdvent is intended to prepare us for Christmas, and Advent 2022 is as long as Advent can get: 34 days.

The theme of our reflections this year is Ad Jesum per Mariam — “To Jesus through Mary.” Mary, as Jesus’ Mother and most faithful disciple, leads us unerringly to her Son.

This year, we want to focus on the Mother of God for a special reason. 2022 mercifully saw the end of the murderous regime of Roe v. Wade. At the same time, without judicial barriers in the way, voters in three states passed not just laws but state-level Constitutional amendments to enshrine abortion. I also have no doubt that no insignificant number of Catholics voted for them.

Christmas is about a Child — the Child. Without that Child, our lives would simply not be worth living. Our lives would be senseless. …