%PDF-1.7 1 0 obj << /Type /Catalog /Outlines 2 0 R /Pages 3 0 R >> endobj 2 0 obj << /Type /Outlines /Count 0 >> endobj 3 0 obj << /Type /Pages /Kids [6 0 R ] /Count 1 /Resources << /ProcSet 4 0 R /Font << /F1 8 0 R /F2 9 0 R /F3 10 0 R /F4 11 0 R /F5 12 0 R /F6 13 0 R >> /ExtGState << /GS1 14 0 R /GS2 15 0 R /GS3 16 0 R /GS4 17 0 R >> >> /MediaBox [0.000 0.000 595.280 841.890] >> endobj 4 0 obj [/PDF /Text ] endobj 5 0 obj << /Producer (ž˙dompdf 1.0.2 + CPDF) /CreationDate (D:20221130231458+00'00') /ModDate (D:20221130231458+00'00') >> endobj 6 0 obj << /Type /Page /MediaBox [0.000 0.000 595.280 841.890] /Parent 3 0 R /Contents 7 0 R >> endobj 7 0 obj << /Length 6314 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 35.000 742.238 Td /F1 15.0 Tf [(Let Us Go to Meet Christ: Advent and Other Seasonal Blessings)] TJ ET BT 35.000 703.321 Td /F4 14.0 Tf [(Description)] TJ ET BT 35.000 674.131 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, I was recently rereading some books I have had for some years,)] TJ ET BT 35.000 659.479 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(one of which is entitled )] TJ ET BT 159.728 659.479 Td /F5 12.0 Tf [(THE WORD MADE FLESH: The Meaning of the Christmas season.)] TJ ET BT 533.108 659.479 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( It is a)] TJ ET BT 35.000 644.827 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(collection of homilies given by Karol Cardinal Wojtyla \(later Pope John Paul II\) in the years when he)] TJ ET BT 35.000 630.175 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(was the Archbishop of Krakow. The book has special meaning to me because the homilies were all)] TJ ET BT 35.000 615.523 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(translated into English \(from the Italian\) by a good friend of mine during my years in Rome, Leslie)] TJ ET BT 35.000 600.871 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Wearne. Leslie was one of a series of official translators for the words of Pope John Paul II and other)] TJ ET BT 35.000 586.219 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(documents of the Holy See. She typed my doctoral dissertation \(in the days in which that was done\),)] TJ ET BT 35.000 571.567 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and I would often walk from the Casa Santa Maria to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore \(near where)] TJ ET BT 35.000 556.915 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(she lived\) with chapters of my dissertation for final form. We became good friends and she obtained a)] TJ ET BT 35.000 542.263 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(copy of the above mentioned book for me. In his homily for the First Sunday of Advent \(which we just)] TJ ET BT 35.000 527.611 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(passed\) then Cardinal Wojtyla said on November 30, 1974 said )] TJ ET BT 374.480 527.611 Td /F6 12.0 Tf [(“Let us go with joy to meet Christ. This )] TJ ET BT 35.000 512.959 Td /F6 12.0 Tf [(describes the atmosphere of the mystery of the Incarnation and of Christmas, and also that of the )] TJ ET BT 35.000 498.307 Td /F6 12.0 Tf [(period of waiting for him, which the Church enters on the first Sunday of Advent. All of this finds it )] TJ ET BT 35.000 483.655 Td /F6 12.0 Tf [(meaning and confirmation in each one of us. We all know that meeting with our Lord is the source of )] TJ ET BT 35.000 469.003 Td /F6 12.0 Tf [(joy in the emotional sense of which Christmas and Advent tradition is full…This makes Christianity the )] TJ ET BT 35.000 454.351 Td /F6 12.0 Tf [(religion of the Lord’s coming, inasmuch as, while waiting for the Lord’s coming, we actually experience )] TJ ET BT 35.000 439.699 Td /F6 12.0 Tf [(it. His coming unceasingly fills and satisfies our ‘now.’)] TJ ET BT 319.088 439.699 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( These reflections of then Cardinal Wojtyla help)] TJ ET BT 35.000 425.047 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(us to realize that Advent is about the various “comings of Christ”: He has come, He will return again,)] TJ ET BT 35.000 410.395 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and how He enters our lives daily. This Advent, as other Advents has so many opportunities to)] TJ ET BT 35.000 395.743 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(experience Him coming to meet us: The Novena for Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the actual feast day)] TJ ET BT 35.000 381.091 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(itself, The “Posadas” and “Simbang Gabi”, the symbolism of the Advent wreath and calendar, and as)] TJ ET BT 35.000 366.439 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the season nears the Christmas season, the )] TJ ET BT 273.116 366.439 Td /F4 12.0 Tf [(“O” Antiphons)] TJ ET BT 357.116 366.439 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( which are chanted before the Magnificat)] TJ ET BT 35.000 351.787 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(each evening at Vespers. This Advent this year, however, there is even another profound opportunity)] TJ ET BT 35.000 337.135 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(to meet the Lord, in the Year of Mercy, which opens on December 8)] TJ ET BT 395.168 341.081 Td /F1 10.7 Tf [(th)] TJ ET BT 404.064 337.135 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(. I will write more about this this)] TJ ET BT 35.000 322.483 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(coming week. How and when are we going to find time and space so that the Lord can meet us, in the)] TJ ET BT 35.000 307.831 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(midst of this beautiful but exceedingly busy and occupied season? The words of the opening prayer for)] TJ ET BT 35.000 293.179 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Mass this past First Sunday of Advent give us some thought on this matter: )] TJ ET BT 436.520 293.179 Td /F5 12.0 Tf [(“Grant your faithful, we )] TJ ET BT 35.000 278.527 Td /F5 12.0 Tf [(pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his )] TJ ET BT 35.000 263.875 Td /F5 12.0 Tf [(coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly )] TJ ET BT 35.000 249.223 Td /F5 12.0 Tf [(Kingdom.” )] TJ ET BT 99.668 249.223 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( Let us run together to meet Christ this Holy Season. He comes to meet us in expected)] TJ ET BT 35.000 234.571 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and not so expected ways! )] TJ ET BT 180.416 234.571 Td /F4 12.0 Tf [( MARANATHA – COME LORD JESUS!)] TJ ET BT 398.420 234.571 Td /F6 12.0 Tf [(– The Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann, )] TJ ET BT 35.000 219.919 Td /F6 12.0 Tf [(Bishop of Orange)] TJ ET BT 128.384 219.919 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(    )] TJ ET BT 35.000 205.267 Td /F4 12.0 Tf [(Date Created)] TJ ET BT 35.000 190.615 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(December 2015)] TJ ET q 35.000 187.684 0.000 0.000 re W n Q 0.502 0.502 0.502 rg 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 35.000 776.336 m 585.280 776.336 l 585.280 777.836 l 35.000 777.836 l f 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 261.940 814.168 Td /F4 12.0 Tf [(RCBO - THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF ORANGE)] TJ ET BT 575.944 799.516 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( )] TJ ET BT 41.000 814.790 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(No image found)] TJ ET 0.500 0.500 0.500 rg BT 41.000 816.280 Td /F1 8.0 Tf [(Image not found or type unknown)] TJ ET q 0.940 0.342 -0.342 0.940 181.247 -73.446 cm /GS1 gs /GS2 gs Q /GS3 gs /GS4 gs 0.502 0.502 0.502 rg 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 35.000 52.000 m 585.280 52.000 l 585.280 50.500 l 35.000 50.500 l f 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 44.000 31.732 Td /F1 10.0 Tf [(Page 1)] TJ ET q 44.000 17.080 532.280 12.210 re W n 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 155.840 19.522 Td /F1 10.0 Tf [(© 2021 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. 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