"The Christian family ...........should be called 'the domestic Church'"
(Familiaris Consortio, John Paul II, 1981)
The season of Advent has begun. It is NOT Christmas yet! It is time to prepare for the Coming of Christ at Christmas. There are many ways that families can do this during the season of Advent and at the same time build up their own Catholic family traditions and become the Church in miniature. Advent wreaths should be ready now and already in use at family prayers as well as at family meal times. One candle is already lit. As the season progresses and the rest of the candles are lit we see Jesus, the light of the world coming closer, as the light gets brighter. Families can write their own advent prayers and children can take turns to light the candle(s). The Advent wreath reminds us that this is a time to prepare spiritually for Christmas.