Dr. Regis Martin, professor of theology, writes in Crisis Magazine about his reflections on the sacred meaning of Advent and the crisis of faith.
Among the many symptoms marking the crisis of faith and culture we are going through, here’s one that happens every year after Thanksgiving, falling like dead leaves during the days before Christmas, a feast for which there is simply no way to give adequate thanks. And that is the season of Advent, which finds itself more and more shorn of its original and sacred meaning. That high and holy time has been high-jacked by the secularists. Advent now signifies in the popular mind a fixed number of shopping days before the real sales begin once the fleeting distractions of Christ’s birth are put behind us. And not only do fewer and fewer of us object, many of us seem not even to notice.