From Dom Gueranger’s entry in the Liturgical Year for the fourth Sunday in Advent:
“Today, she [the Church] makes a last effort to stir up the devotion of her children. She leads them to the desert; she shows them John the Baptist, upon whose mission she instructed them on the third Sunday. The voice of the austere Precursor resounds through the wilderness, and penetrates even into the cities. It preaches penance, and the obligation men are under of preparing by self -purification for the coming of Christ. Let us retire from the world during these next few days; or if that may not be by reason of our external duties. let us retire into the quiet of our own hearts and confess our iniquities, as did those true Israelites, who came, full of compunction and of faith in the Messias, to the Baptist, there to make perfect their preparation of worthily receiving the Redeemer on the day of his appearing to the world.”
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