Penitence and Ordinary Time


The Catholic world (according to my social media accounts) is filled right now with a determination to make this Advent a meaningful season.  The faithful are rediscovering that Advent was originally a penitential season second only to Lent.  They are renewing the traditions of Ember Days and fasting during this season as they seek to make themselves ready for the arrival of the Christ Child.  The “Spirit of Vatican II” generation is seeking to regain what has been lost in the last 40 years in terms of focus and tradition, and they are eagerly embracing self-denial and somberness as a contrast for the celebration of Christmas which is coming.
It is a shame that we do not embrace the feast days with the same fervor

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Rebecca Frech is a Catholic author, speaker, CrossFit coach, and the Managing Editor of The Catholic Conspiracy website. She is the author of the best-selling books Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the Rest of Us and Can We Be Friends? She is a co-host of the popular podcast The Visitation Project, and is a columnist for The National Catholic Register. She and her husband live just outside Dallas with their eight children, a German Shepherd named Dave, and an ever-multiplying family of dust-bunnies.