I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was
caught up to the third heaven - whether in the body or out
of the body I do not know; God knows. And I know that
such a person - whether in the body or out of the body I
do not know; God knows - was caught up into Paradise
and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is
permitted to repeat.

2 Corinthians 12. 2-4

Carols sound over tannoy systems in shops,

children excitedly open their Advent calendars,

candles are lit on the Advent wreath

and parents with loving eyes watch their children retelling of the Christmas story in their school Nativity play:

The thought comes to me
“Advent makes the heart grow fonder”.

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
Some of the darkness in our world is the shadow cast by those upon whom Christ’s light shines but goes no further.
That darkness is removed when we become lit by the glory of Christ’s love in us, as then we shine as His light to the world.

John 1:5

Next week is the start of Advent. Have you got your Advent Calendar and Wreath ready?


Our word Advent is from the Latin “adventus” meaning arrival or approach, ( ad- ‘toward’ + veniō ‘come).
The Greek word was “parousia” which is the word theologians use when speaking of the second coming of Christ.


So Advent is the time when we look back to Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem and also look forward to his coming again.

Don Camillo went and knelt before the altar. “Lord you must forgive me, but I am going to beat him up for you.”
“You are going to do nothing of the kind,” replied the Lord. “I have forgiven him and you must forgive him also. All things considered he is not a bad soul”.
… “Let me at least break this candle on his shoulders. Dear Lord, what, after all is a candle?”
“No,” replied the Lord. “Your hands were made for blessing, not for striking.”
Don Camillo sighed heavily…he found himself exactly behind Peppone who, on his knees, was apparently absorbed in prayer.
“Lord,” groaned Camillo, clasping his hands and gazing at the crucifix, “my hands were made for blessing but not my feet.”
“There is something in that,” replied the Lord from above the altar, “but all the same, Don Camillo, bear it in mind: only one!”

The little world of Don Camillo – Giovanni Guareschi

Of this I am quite sure, that if we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find we have lost the future”

Winston Churchill, his “Finest Hour” speech, 18 June 1940