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From Holidays to Holy Days: A Benedictine Walk through Advent
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From Holidays to Holy Days

A Benedictine Walk through Advent

Albert Holtz, O.S.B.

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PAPERBACK , 136 pp , 5.5 x 8.5

  • Morehouse Publishing
  • Aug/2008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8192-2316-6

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Rather than criticizing trappings of the holiday season, this book looks at them from the viewpoint of Christian contemplation, once aptly described as “a long, loving look at the real.” The author, a Benedictine monk who lives in the center of downtown Newark, New Jersey, invites the reader to join him on his daily walks as he points out dozens of often-unnoticed connections between our holidays and the spiritual meaning of Advent and Christmas. In a string of colored lights, a crowd of shoppers, or the window of a toy store, he uncovers such traditional Advent themes as watchful waiting, repentance, and selfless love. On the bustling sidewalks, he introduces us to Isaiah, John the Baptist, and Jesus himself, all speaking their ancient Advent and Christmas messages of peace and hope and good will.

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Albert Holtz, O.S.B. is a Benedictine monk of Newark Abbey, Newark, New Jersey, working in his monastery’s inner-city prep school, where he teaches New Testament. He has served as master of novices for 25 years and as a retreat master for Benedictine communities around the United States. He is the author of Downtown Monks and Street Wisdom.

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