Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Alternativity stars to prepare for advent

I've just bought some of these boxes of stars from ALTERnativity.
I'll try to link to some more of their resources in coming weeks. The stars are a different kind of advent calendar with a star and thought for each day up to Christmas.

ALTERnativity seeks to:

Rediscover the values of the Magnificat.
Remember the simplicity and meaning of the Incarnation, with the freedom, joy and peace that is offered in the coming of the Messiah.
Resist the excesses of consumerism, which cause some to incur unpayable debts and stress to many.

The bottom line is that it is all about money and the decisions we make. Mary gave us a manifesto of "Advent economics" which challenges us all, especially at Christmas where we seem to lose all sense of proportion: "he has brought down the powerful from their thrones and lifted up the lowly, he has filled the hungry with good things and has sent the rich away empty"