Sadly, we may discover that while we were waiting for that illusive moment, we failed to be attentive to the here and now invitations of everyday life, missing opportunities to respond with the generosity of a true follower of Christ." "[W]e are called to be witnesses of Gods by the love we extend to others; precursors of his justice by our unfailing commitment to what is right and good; lamps reflecting the light of Gods Christ in our forgiveness, mercy and compassion; harvesters of souls through our humble and dedicated servanthood." "During Advent opportunities for works of charity abound calling out for Christians from every side: a sack of food for a needy family, money dropped in a Salvation Army kettle, a donation to an Indian school, a toy for Toys-for-Tots, etc.
Es könnte eine deiner Nachbarinnen oder eine Person sein, die du kennst.It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized the Christmas tree.And we do this by being holy peoplekind, patient, generous, loving, laughing peopleno matter how maddening is the Christmas rush " John Paul II, in his Angelus message of December 19, 1999, explained that Christmas is not simply the remembrance of the Event that took place 2000 years ago when, according to the Gospel, the power of God took on the frailty of a baby." Psychology says, Let go. Spirituality says, Wake up. In both cases there is a withdrawal from the busyness of daily life (our dream state) and a waking up to the subconscious and spiritual depths of ourselves."Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions.Is there a lingering resentment, an unforgiven injury living in our hearts?
Do we look down upon others of lesser social standing or educational achievement?
These and other questions become Advent lights by which we may search the deep, dark corners of our hearts.
"The world is not as just, not as loving, not as whole as we know it can and should be.
Ours is a great responsibility not to waste this Advent time." "Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christs birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives.
Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.
But the coming of Christ and his presence among usas one of usgive us reason to live in hope: that light will shatter the darkness, that we can be liberated from our fears and prejudices, that we are never alone or abandoned. With his brother Peter, Andrew immediately left his fishing nets to catch souls for the Kingdom.