Today we enter into the very rich “mini-lent” Advent Season! Happy New Year as we begin the new liturgical year of Mother Church. We invite you to enter in with us as we prepare our hearts still more intensely for the coming of Christ this Christmas, but also for His Second Coming into this world; as, we are drawing ever-nearer to the new era of “Springtime” graces.
Mary reportedly tells us,
“Begin this period of Advent with me. …Prepare yourselves … to live, in peace, in silence and in trembling expectation, the liturgical remembrance of his birth… Prepare yourselves with me for his return in glory. In these times I must prepare the Church and all humanity for his proximate and glorious return. For this, my presence among you will become stronger, and my light will become even greater, like the dawn which attains its culmination in the rising of the sun, which removes every shadow of night from the world” (MMP #367e).
Just as Mary was a key figure at the first Advent in preparation of Christ’s birth into this world… we are
now in the time of the Second Advent, in expectation of His Second Coming, and also His third coming which is already here, in the Eucharist and within our hearts.
“Jesus said to his disciples:
‘As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man… you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come'” (Mt 24:37-44).
St. Francis of Assisi used to fast and pray for 40 days three times a year, during Advent, Lent and the period leading up to the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel. May we as well be deliberate this season, in seeking to “prepare the way” of our hearts in whatever way we are personally led; that we may live more fully our Baptismal vows of ever deeper surrender to and union with our Triune God.
You all remain in our hearts and our prayers throughout this holy Season!