S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Saturday, December 01, 2007

A Season of Hopeful Waiting

We begin another Liturgical Year with the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent. Advent simply, in layman's term, ushers the most-awaited season of Christmas. But more meaningfully, Advent poses for us a blessed season of waiting.

To wait for something or for someone is a disposition of hope, of sheer trust. And I think we celebrate it right, to begin the new liturgical year in this disposition. Jesus in the Gospels asks His disciples to hold fast and to wait for the final hour. We can say then that a Christian's life is a prolonged celebration of Advent, of hopeful waiting to be reunited to God, our Source, our End.

Like this monk (in the picture) who patiently 'waits' for the Lord's coming to him in prayer and contemplation, may we, too, truly and joyfully wait for the coming of the Savior, our One and True Joy.


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