Week of December 22nd – Hope is Born

” . . . and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’ ” (Matt 1: 18 – 24)

Sunday marked the 4th Sunday of Advent and the drawing close of the great feast of Christmas.  The Sisters gathered in the Chapel for the final Advent Prayer Service on that Sunday.  After 4 weeks of reflecting on the lights of the Advent candles in quiet anticipation, they prayed they would have the grace to share the Light of Christ with others during the Christmas season.

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” . . . a savior has been born for you . . .” (Luke 2: 1 – 14).

These words ushered in the Christmas Season.

The Sisters invited others to join them for Christmas Eve Mass on Tuesday evening, which was followed by a simple reception featuring cookies baked by the Sisters.  Christmas Day brought others to the Sisters’ Chapel for Mass and a meal.

The quiet waiting and preparations of Advent and the celebrations of Christmas were for one reason – the birth of Hope – the entrance of God into our midst. The same God who created all that is; the God who became a vulnerable baby, is with us today, in our joys and struggles – to remind us we are loved!

As we continue in the Christmas Season may you pause to sit in the presence of God – as Creator, or as a vulnerable baby- and let God gaze upon you with love.