“Think what must have been in the soul of the Virgin when, after the Incarnation, she possessed within her the Incarnate Word, the Gift of God… In what silence, what recollection, what adoration she must have been wrapped in the depth of her soul in order to embrace this God whose Mother she was. He is in us. Oh! let us keep very close to Him, in that silence, with that love of the Virgin; let us spend our Advent like that, shall we? “
Saint Elisabeth of the Trinity
Letter 183 – November 22, 1903
The soul in a state of expectation, confidently waiting for the Lord, finds comfort and courage in the dark moments of our lives. And what gives rise to this courage and this trustful pledge? Where do they come from? They are born of hope. And hope does not disappoint, that virtue that leads us ahead, looking at the encounter with the Lord.
Advent is a continuous call to hope: it reminds us that God is present in history to lead it to its ultimate goal, to lead it to its fullness, which is the Lord, the Lord Jesus Christ. God is present in the history of humanity, He is the “God-with-us”.
Pope Francis – Sunday November 29, 2020
Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.
Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company.
God indeed is my Savior, I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been by Savoir.
Blessed are you that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.