Go ahead, on any given year, and ask me how my Advent is going.

Chances are, I’m going to respond, “I’m failing.”

This year was no different. In fact, if anything, this year was the worst since I’ve been Catholic and trying to actually observe Advent.

What I learned from failing at Advent (again) - Sarah Reinhard Snoring Scholar

What was different about this year is that I had the grace to sit down and discern that hey! This failure thing might be good! Useful! Even helpful!

In fact, I learned at least three lessons:

  1. There are worse things than failure.
  2. There’s always next year.
  3. Christmas comes anyway.

Now, before you roll your eyes and click away, these are the simple lessons. There’s more to each of them.

I don’t like failure. I don’t like a lot of things in life, come to think of it. And maybe that’s part of the lesson for me.

You’ll find all of my reflection over at Integrated Catholic Life: What I Learned from Failing at Advent (Again).