Marist School Encouraged to Make Room for Christ This Advent Season

December 1 marked the beginning of Advent, and Marist School’s Campus Ministry Director Brian Freel has shared with the school community an opportunity to celebrate Christmas in a humble, yet beautiful fashion. This year, Marist is encouraged to follow the four tenants of the Advent Conspiracy—Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All—throughout the Advent Season.
Speaking to students and faculty/staff during the opening of Term 2 Schola Brevis assembly, Mr. Freel described how oftentimes, when company comes over, we run around preparing for and making space for our guests. Similarly, during the Advent season leading up to Christmas, he says we need to prepare to make room for Jesus in our lives.
Mr. Freel described the Advent Conspiracy movement and what led to its creation. He said, “Over a decade ago, three pastors were lamenting how they had come to the end of an Advent season exhausted and sensing that they had missed it—the awe-inducing, soul-satisfying mystery of the incarnation. They were drowning in a sea of financial debt and endless lists of gifts to buy. They struggled to find the connection between our Christmas to-do lists and the story of Jesus’ birth. An overwhelming stress had overtaken worship and celebration. The time of year when focusing on Christ should be the easiest was often the hardest. Somehow, this had become the new normal.”

As a result, these pastors, Chris Seay, Greg Holder, and Rick McKinley, came up with the Advent Conspiracy movement and its four tenets to guide themselves, their families, and their congregations through the Christmas season.

Campus Ministry will use the Advent Conspiracy as a way to deepen the school community’s understanding of the Marist values that we are focusing on this year. Mr. Freel related the four tenets to this year’s Marist theme in this way: 
  • When we Say No to Greed, we are encouraged to Spend Less this Christmas to remember the spiritual meaning of the season and not get caught up in the commercialism.
  • When we Say No to Pride, we make room for other people and try to Give More in a way that builds relationships.
  • When we Say No to Power, we humbly open ourselves to Worship Fully and experience the joy and wonder of Christ’s birth.
  • The values of Inclusiveness and Hospitality call us to Love All people no matter their situation and background, and no matter our situation and background. 
This video from the Advent Conspiracy illustrates the ideas behind the movement that show how we can have a meaningful Advent season.

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