Monday, December 24, 2012

Advent ponderings, week 4: wonder

A new year at the hand of the Lord––we do not know whether we shall experience the end of this year. But if we drink from the fount of the Savior each day, then each day will lead us deeper into eternal life and prepare us to throw off the burdens of this life easily and cheerfully at some time when the call of the Lord sounds. The Divine Child offers us his hand to renew our bridal bond. Let us hurry to clasp this hand. The Lord is my light and my salvation--of whom shall I be afraid?”
~Edith Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. 
“The Hidden LIfe: Essays, Meditations, Spiritual Texts” (ICS, 1992).

Suggested prayer: 

God of promise and wonder, awaken our world and our hearts to your presence. Help us to live each day with Advent awareness and to sing out Christmas joy with our lives. O come, Emmanuel! 

Suggested actions:
  • From now through the feast of the Epiphany, read aloud one Christmas card at the dinner table. Pray for the sender and, whenever possible, share stories about the person. Let your Christmas season BEGIN  this year on December 24––and let the celebration continue throughout the twelve days of Christmas!
  • On Sunday, December 30, celebrate the feast of the Holy Family with a special candle light family dinner, complete with white table cloth (even if you have to use a white sheet!).