by SUE SECONI
Wanganui parish priest Fr Brian Carmine has written and produced a booklet to accompany anyone of any age through Advent.
Titled New Zealand Advent Reflections 2015, he handed out 400 copies at Masses in the city on the Feast of Christ the King.
After looking around for literature relating to the final four weeks of Mary’s pregnancy, Fr Carmine couldn’t find exactly what he was looking for.
“The idea for such a booklet was my being struck by people who travel the world to go to Aoraki in the MacKenzie Basin to view the Dark Sky Reserve. “Just as some people can no longer glimpse the beauty of the stars, the sun and the moon, there are also people who have lost sight of God,” he said.
The aim of this free publication is to stir up a new appreciation for God, particularly when we take so much for granted to the point of missing the beauty around us.
Each daily reflection begins with an event from Fr Carmine’s life, which he builds into the Scriptures, enabling them to be opened further.
Throughout are explanations of the origins of some Christmas traditions and rituals. Copies can be downloaded from the Palmerston North diocese website pn.catholic.org.nz or Wanganui website www.catholicparishwanganui.org.nz