The purpose of baptism is primarily unity with Christ, and the symbols of the liturgy illustrate this purpose.
“Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.” -Pope Benedict XVI
For whatever reason, our relationship with God begins at the level of our relationship with our own fathers.
The difference between worshiping Jesus and worshiping a generic world-spirit really does matter.
Faith is more like the coals than the flames of a fire. And these coals fuel our hope.
Regardless of whatever manifestation it takes, be it adventure or justice or peace or holiness, the desires of our hearts will be fulfilled by the Lord, partially now and perfectly on the last day. May that day come quickly! Come, Lord Jesus!
It may sound crazy, but immersing myself in Advent has had wonderful fruits.