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Living Our Faith — Advent Week Three: Gaudete Sunday

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The tone of the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, is set by the coming joyful days of Christmas, which the Advent season awaits.

Pope Francis is pictured with an Advent wreath in 2015. Pope Francis insisted on Gaudete Sunday 2013 that Advent joy is "not a superficial joy." It is the kind of joy that comes of being able to reopen our eyes, "to overcome sadness" and "to strike up a new song." (CNS photo/Massimiliano Migliorato, Catholic Press Photo)
Pope Francis is pictured with an Advent wreath in 2015. Pope Francis insisted on Gaudete Sunday 2013 that Advent joy is “not a superficial joy.” It is the kind of joy that comes of being able to reopen our eyes, “to overcome sadness” and “to strike up a new song.” (CNS photo/Massimiliano Migliorato, Catholic Press Photo)

The entire notion of joy mystifies many. Pope Francis’ words offer insight into the true meaning of joy.

Along with joy, Advent anticipates new life. A mother and writer describes the similarities between pregnancy and Advent, reflecting on her own experience and the Virgin Mary’s.

Finally, Advent calls God’s people to patience and looks to the stories of people in the Old and New Testaments who awaited the fulfillment of God’s promise.