"What man, stationed in a foreign land, would not want to return to his own country as soon as possible?" asks St. Cyprian in a meditation that is quoted in this Archdiocese of Washington blog post on the Four Last Things and attachment to this world.
Still drawing crowds. St. Francis Xavier's relics are brought out for display every ten years. This BBC piece includes pictures of a procession with the 16th century missionary in his display casket.
Need a little motivation and direction for celebrating all the wonderful Advent feasts? Catholic Cuisine to the rescue! Here's a link to its "Recipes for December".