Why Advent Should Terrify You

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You can find me over at Catholic Exchange today talking about the scary side of Advent–something I’ve been thinking about since I went on an Advent retreat last year.

“We’ve made a huge mistake. We’ve made the Incarnation safe and comfortable. We like it warm and fuzzy with soft lambs bleating as they rest on clean hay. And, yes, it is beautiful and joyful and splendid. But we’ve sanitized it and we’ve forgotten how terrifying it is that God shares our humanity and comes like a earthquake, like a fire. To shake us up, and to purify us.” Read the rest…

And because I hope you were eating plenty of pie and enjoying your families instead of on your laptop, I decided to extend the special release sale price of our new ebook until Saturday night at midnight (EST). So you can still get a copy at the sale price of $4.99! Because you’ll want to have your copy before Advent starts, right?

Don’t forget that if you enter today you can still win a copy of Marian Grace’s gorgeous album: In the Bleak Midwinter.


And that all of Mama and Baby Love’s slow cooker freezer meals and gluten-free cookbooks are 80% off in a bundle right now.



And that sweet friend and wonderful blogger, Mandi Ehman’s 101 Days of Christmas ebook is $99 cents if you snatch one up today!

Is that enough to remember? ; )

Hope your Thanksgiving was full of good things! We managed to fit three big tables in our living room (we moved the couches outside) so that everyone could sit at the same table. It was so fun and the little cousins ran wild.


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  1. says

    Amen. Amen. We gloss over too much of what is most important…

    My dad always reads Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” at Advent/Christmas time, and your words remind me of that. Here’s part:

    “The darkness drops again but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”

  2. says

    The article was sobering, and beautiful. I find myself praying for his coming, speaking John’s words, “Come quickly, come quickly”. But almost every time, I think that I don’t yet know what I ask. His coming is welcome, but it will be terrifying. Even in the reverence and terror, I yearn for it still.

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