Today is the first Sunday of Advent. During this “time of waiting” the Catholic Church prepares for the Second Coming of Jesus, as we also prepare our hearts to celebrate His Christmas birth.

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“If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.”

— St. Clement of Alexandria

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“Nothing is sweeter than love; nothing stronger, nothing higher, nothing more generous, nothing more pleasant, nothing fuller or better in Heaven or on earth; for love proceeds from God and cannot rest but in God above all things created.”

— Thomas a’ Kempis

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“In our personal lives, waiting in not a very popular pastime. Waiting is not something we anticipate or experience with great joy and gladness! In fact, most of us consider waiting a waste of time. Perhaps this is because the culture in which we live is basically saying, “Get going! Do something! Show you are able to make a difference! Don’t just sit there and wait!” So, for us and many people, waiting is a dry desert between were we are and where we want to be. We do not enjoy such a place. We want to move out of it and so something worthwhile.”

— Henri Nouwen

Dear Lord, help me be patient as I await your arrival.

 

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