'Advent is concerned with
that very connection
between memory and hope
which is so necessary to man.
Advent's intention is to awaken
the most profound and emotional
memory within us; namely,
the memory of the God Who became a child.
This is a healing memory;
it brings hope....
It is the beautiful task of Advent
to awaken in all of us
memories of goodness
and thus to open doors of hope.'
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI