Sunday, December 16 – Sunday of the Third Week of Advent Zephaniah 3:14-18; (Psalm) Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18 Mrs. Kate Phenicie, Spiritual Life Director Childlike Joy When I was little, I always looked forward to the week of Advent when we could light the pink candle. I’ve since learned this is liturgically the “rose” candle, but we should still have that same sense of anticipation and joy! This Sunday is all about joy. It reminds me of the habits that the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters wear – aka the “Pink Sisters” – who we visit in Philadelphia every year. They wear the pink habits to signify the joy we should experience in front of the Blessed Sacrament. I think this is so beautiful! I’ve been thinking a lot this Advent about rediscovering the ability to be childlike. This has come up a lot in my personal prayer – perhaps it is because I am expecting, but it’s been on my mind a lot lately. Christmas was filled with so much wonder, even in the smallest details, and now so much of it feels like a chore; I shared with the students, even my daily Advent prayers were beginning to feel that way. But when we open ourselves to new perspectives and rediscover the beauty that is all around us (not just at Christmas, but especially at this time of year) this joy becomes much more apparent.