'It is necessary to understand that the whole of our life must be an 'advent,' a vigilant awaiting of the final coming of Christ.
'To predispose our mind to welcome the Lord who, as we say in the Creed, one day will come to judge the living and the dead, we must learn to recognize Him as present in the events of daily life.
'Therefore, Advent is, so to speak, an intense training that directs us decisively toward Him Who already came, Who will come, and Who comes continuously.'
Pope St John Paul II
Painting: Jules Breton. The Weeders, 1868