The Second Week of Advent: The Peace Candle


During the second week of Advent, we have the chance to light the second purple candle, the Peace Candle.

second week of advent peace candle

We bring peace to the world when we bring peace to our world.

Advent focuses on repentance each year. During the second Sunday of Advent, we hear John the Baptist proclaim loudly, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”

Jesus brings the kingdom to Earth when he becomes human. He’s completely divine and yet completely human–fully God and fully flesh-and-blood. He’s just like me and yet very much not like me at all.

Jesus came to bring peace. He tells people, over and over, not to be afraid. But peace begins at home, within our walls and within ourselves.

Repentance brings peace.

Ridding ourselves of the burden guilt places on us and making things right with the people around us will open us more to the experience of the manger, the glory of Christmas, and the King who awaits us as a little baby.

In a word, I need Confession during Advent. It’s a penitential season, and there’s a promise of peace in the penance that awaits me.

Sin blocks my embrace of Jesus.

What’s getting in the way of my embrace of the baby Savior? Is it a grudge I can’t seem to forget or hard feelings I can’t seem to forgive?

Is it an age-old hurt or a brand-new wound? Do I need to apologize or even change my approach?

Jesus offers us peace, but we have to be willing to take the step to rid ourselves of all that gets in the way of that peace.

Copyright 2013 Sarah Reinhard

Image by Liesel (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.


  1. Roxane B. Salonen on

    Sarah, I had never heard of the candles having certain themes. Peace is one of my favorite words (Peace Garden Mama is the title of my personal blog). Thank you for this beautiful way of thinking on this second week. My second week is filled to the bring, so thinking on this second candle and what it represents, and making plans to make more room in my heart through Reconciliation, are very comforting, and I know will help make the week more meaningful.

  2. Where can I find out the candle names? I love that.
    Repentance and peace go hand in hand.
    The angst of guilt is not peace.

    I pray we all forgive as we are forgiven!

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