Sharing an Advent Reflection

AdventThe end of November is a bleak time. Trees are now bare; nature’s colorful October array is gone; skies tend to be more grey than sunny. The atmosphere around the world is rampant with violence, turmoil, greed, and fear. Our world seems to be leaving many people with either little or no hope. And yet, there is a glimmer of hope – a glimmer that keeps repeating itself in the great mystery of the Redemption of the world. As we move into Advent, we are journeying into a season of quiet and joyful expectancy. We are called to conversion and preparation. Advent is a time of waiting, of uniting ourselves with Mary as she waited and prepared for the arrival of her child. Advent is a time of patient waiting, of anticipation of the miracle of the Incarnation, of the joy of the birth of the Savior. 

If we look back at the gospel figures connected with the birth of Jesus, we see that they were all waiting.  Henry Nouwen writes: “And right at the beginning all those people in some way or another hear the words, ‘Do not be afraid. I have something good to say to you.’  These indicate that Zecariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Simeon, and Anna are waiting for something new and good to happen to them.”… They are all waiting “with a sense of promise”…”People who wait have received something that is at work in them, like a seed that has started to grow.”
(Eternal Seasons – Henri Nouwen)

As we move into Advent,  let us, like these biblical figures, wait patiently and allow for that seed of faith and hope grow in us so that we too may be bearers of hope in despair and of of light in the darkest night.  We have been redeemed. Let us accept this gift and willingly share it with all who are part of our corner of the universe.


Marian St. Marie, DHS



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