What are you doing for Advent this year? The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops invites you to join in Journey through Advent 2021 – a series of reflections for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Catholics, as we continue to walk together towards healing and reconciliation.
The Journey series started on the Solemnity of Christ the King and will continue through each of the four Sundays of Advent. Every week, the CCCB will be releasing a reflection on the Gospel Reading for that Sunday. Each reflection is based one of the five essential stages of reconciliation: examen, confession, repentance, making amends, and reconciliation.
The reflections, given by the Most Reverend Donald Bolen, Archbishop of Regina, will be available both as videos and in text form on the CCCB website. So far, the first two have been released: Early Missionaries and the Encounter of Worldviews; and The Spirit of the Treaties.
The CCCB hopes that Journey through Advent 2021 will inform Catholics and encourage discussion and prayerful accompaniment in preparation for the Indigenous Delegation, which will be travelling to Rome to meet with Pope Francis from December 17 to 20, 2021. The CCCB also hopes these reflections will assist the faithful in preparing for Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to Canada.
As Archbishop Bolen shares in his second reflection, “the path God invites us to walk on is a path of truth”. Be with us, Lord, as we walk this journey together.