By Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger
Each Advent come exhortations from Christian pulpits to "slow down." Just when every other force and fury around us is screaming, "Hurry up!" the Church is out there being its counter-cultural self, ever the sign of contradiction in the world.
That's with good reason. Our message is one of liberation, of freedom from what ties us down and suppresses our true humanity. No surprise, then, to hear the call, "Take back Advent and stop rushing Christmas!"