Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI reminded us during a general audience in 2008, that “Advent also means anticipation. The dark night of evil is still strong.” For this reason, Benedict advised the faithful to “pray with the ancient People of God: ‘Rorate caeli desuper,'” and to pray the following prayer for strength to overcome evil during Advent.

Come Jesus; come, give power to light and to good; come where falsehood, ignorance of God, violence and injustice predominate. Come Lord Jesus, give power to the good in the world and help us to be bearers of your light, peacemakers, witnesses of the truth. Come, Lord Jesus!