Advent is . . . a Time to Thank God.


Advent is a time to thank God and God’s people for the past and to continue to help build the future.

My Advent Memories stand out:

The early 1950’s and the annual Christmas shopping spree:  December eighth was a holiday at St. Ignatius School.  My mother, Alice, would take me and my younger sister, Joie, off to the Bay in downtown Winnipeg to make our purchases.  I had to stretch my meagre stock of coins to meet commitments to family and friends.

The usual gifts were sets of calendars to be mounted on used Christmas cards and appropriately decorated.  Alice would quietly augment my funds as necessary.  The climax of the morning was lunch at “The Paddle Wheel.”

By the time I moved to St. Paul’s, on Elice Avenue, I was quite able to handle the shopping on my own, thanks to safely banked pay from my paper route and lots of time to window shop during the school breaks.  I enjoyed searching for the correct yet low priced gift a family member or friend would appreciate.

The move to the novitiate at Ignatius College brought a proper spiritual tone to Advent, thanks to  Advent prayers and liturgies, and decorations.  The center of this display was Buzz Massie’s “Revolving Christmas Tree” in the refectory.

The Advent backdrop has changed through the years, yet Advent continues to be a sign of being-fulfilled hope as I enjoy bringing Christ’s message of forgiveness-fueled happiness to people.  All humanity welcomes such hope!

Bill Robins, SJ, is Socius to the Regional Superior of Nepal, and superior at Kamai Niwas Jesuit Training Center in Kathmandu.

  • Roger Yaworski, SJ
    Posted at 09:47h, 05 December Reply

    Bill PC
    Thanks for the Advent message. I remember help hang that Christmas tree.

  • Peter Bisson, SJ
    Posted at 09:54h, 05 December Reply

    Thank you Bill!

  • Beverley Ares
    Posted at 18:05h, 05 December Reply

    I too was a little girl in the 50’s in Winnipeg and our mommy would take us to ‘The Bay’ with our savings to buy our Christmas gifts. We rode the bus and were so excited and happy to buy handkerchiefs and combs. Later when my brother and I had paper routes we walked to Kresgies to buy our gifts.
    I was filled with joy and could not imagine anything more beautiful and lovely as baby Jesus. I still cannot imagine that anything more beautiful and lovely.
    Merry Christmas.

  • Paul Robson
    Posted at 17:46h, 01 January Reply

    The Paddle Wheel was one of my favourites, too!

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