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We hope and pray that this weekly message will nurture you spiritually and be especially helpful in the more difficult times of life.


Hope you are having a good week. Come early (at 4pm) and share in Carol Sunday with St Paul’s School Christmas Program and then stay for Mass.

We hope and pray that this weekly message will nurture you spiritually and be especially helpful in the more difficult times of life.

Reflection:  Second Sunday of Advent

 

Advent is a time of waiting, longing, and anticipation. 

I wonder if any of those who lived in and near Jerusalem and Bethlehem at the time of the birth—ordinary persons like you and me—had a sense of anticipation.

Did they feel the earth was about to bear a great light?  Did anyone dream, ahead of time, the revolutionary words he would speak:

“Come to me…and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).  

If so, I doubt they were able to put their sense of anticipation into words.  

But what hope must have accompanied that inner knowledge!

And they how did they prepare?  

How do you open your life for the divine?  

How do you increase the likelihood that you will recognize a power that’s able to touch you—and change you?  

Do you make a great effort?  

Exactly how do you honor the inner longing to recognize a totally different presence that the world esteems—and let your soul find rest there? 

How do you bridge the distance between longing for something and finding it?  What takes us past our small successes and failures into readiness to receive what’s trying to be born?

Maybe the magic is in our own will.  And perhaps preparing for this birth can be accelerated by a simple gesture.  

What if we vowed that, during these weeks of Advent, we will try to take nothing for granted?  

This, I think, would help us wait and live differently.  

From the time you awaken, look upon everything as sheer gift.

Paula D’Arcy

From DAYBREAKS: Daily Reflections for Advent for Christmas

 

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San Antonio, TX 78208
 
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