The Nativity Scene in St. Peter's Square on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2014. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA

The Nativity Scene in St. Peter’s Square on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2014. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA

Advent has traditionally been a time of preparation for Christ’s incarnation, something similar to the preparation within Lent. The members of the church have participated with greater alms giving, prayer, and material sacrifice. Only with the past century has Christmas time taken a turn towards the holiday hustle and material mindfulness.

Pope Francis has urged the church, “to sobriety, to not be dominated by the things of this world, to material reality, but rather to govern them,” hoping it may better prepare a ready and anticipating heart. Because Christ will enter our heart “in hour we don’t imagine,” he hopes we may use this time to become watchful, to see where and when Christ will appear to us.

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