“We all know what hunger is. We need nutrients to feed our bodies,” said Msgr. Thomas Powers, vicar general of the Diocese of Bridgeport, during a blessing of the Advent Wreath at the Catholic Center. “Just as we need food for our bodies, we all need grace. We’re hungry for God’s grace.”
Advent, the four weeks of preparation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas, can be a time to receive the healing love of God’s grace. The name comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning arrival. It is a time to ponder the great sacrifice that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, made for us by coming to earth as an infant.
As the reading from Old Testament prophet Isaiah, read at the ceremony, says, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”