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Suzanne Hammons
Suzanne Hammons is the editor of the Voice of the Southwest and the media coordinator for the Diocese of Gallup. A graduate of Benedictine College in Kansas, she joined the Diocesan staff in 2012.

As our society becomes increasingly commercialized, the original message of Advent grows more important and more revolutionary. In this episode, Bishop Wall discusses how to maintain the spirituality of Advent while also celebrating the joy of the season.

Discussion points:

 00:35 – Bishop Wall’s recent trip to Baltimore to meet with other US Bishops

04:17 – Speaking to seminarians at Conception Seminary

06:40 – Did you know that Advent is the beginning of the new Church year? How we can make “spiritual resolutions” for the new liturgical year

08:17 – Why Advent is considered a season of hope

09:40 – Bishop Wall’s recommended spiritual practices during Advent

11:36 – Bishop Wall’s book recommendations for Advent

13:05 – Why do Catholics have an Advent wreath?

15:30 – Why is one candle in the Advent wreath rose-colored?

16:44 – How do we celebrate Advent in the midst of a society increasingly obsessed with consumerism? 

19:08 – How to keep the Advent spirit each day

20:15 – Bishop Wall’s favorite prayers during Advent

21:36 – Bishop Wall’s movie recommendations for Advent

23:15 – How to not wait until the last minute to get into the Advent spirit


Useful Resources:


Seek That Which is Above, by (then) Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

The Mystery of the Incarnation, by Cardinal Cristoph Schonborn

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

Recommended Watching:

A Charlie Brown Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

It’s a Wonderful Life

A Christmas Story

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