The First Sunday of Advent 2020

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Advent begins quietly, almost stealthily, with a call to stay awake and alert and prepare for the coming of the Lord. We are simply clay, to be fashioned anew by the Potter into the shape most pleasing to him. The emphasis is not on our doing but on his. That gives to the Advent season a wonderful freedom and joy. So, out with those prideful programmes of self-improvement, those ambitious schemes of prayer and fasting! Instead, welcome the silence, the mystery, the quiet pondering of scripture. Become, in the best sense, a child again, filled with wonder and awe at what is unfolding before your eyes. With the humility of Mary, the fidelity of Joseph and the joy of John the Baptist, let us prepare in our hearts a place for the Lord.

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8 thoughts on “The First Sunday of Advent 2020”

  1. The silence, the mystery, and the quiet pondering filled with wonder and awe… and the humility… and the joy of the Advent Season. Dearest Sister, my heart leapt with joy as I read your words. Thank you.

  2. Your words are exactly what I needed to hear this stressed-out Advent morning and mean that I have instantly abandoned lists of prayer aims for Advent (!) and am going to focus, quietly, joyfully on letting the Lord get on with his loving plans for me. Thank you so much.

  3. Dear Sister Catherine,
    Your words are beautiful, words of encouragement to welcome to wait in silence, in quiet pondering, in wonder and awe, in joyful expectation sums up the desire of my heart this Advent.
    May you know His blessings in this Season of waiting. Bless you. Thank you

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