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My wife and I are new to the Catholic church and we are one-year-old oblates at a Benedictine monastery in Florida.
Advent is a new, important time for us. What exactly is happening with Advent? We are just beginning to understand its depth and scope.
But Advent did not take us by surprise this year because we were alert enough to grasp that in November we were coming to the end of the liturgical year (my blog on the subject) and the beginning of a new one (no more waiting for a dropping crystal ball).
When we were on our retreat last month at the abbey we bought a tall candle. We also bought a $1.00 little sheet giving suggested Bible readings during Advent. My wife suggested that we light the candle and read the story of Jesus’ birth, read the suggested verses from the little Advent sheet, and then have a meditation in silence.
Each day in the evening, we read the appropriate passages from the Bible after lighting our tall candle. My wife also reads a section or two from the Catechism. She discovered that the Catechism has a large amount of material on Advent — who knew?
After the readings are finished we pray and meditate in silence.
That’s our new Advent practice. We like it.
In my study times, I have been learning more about Advent. The most interesting thought I came across today is that we might see our whole lives on earth as an Advent to eternal life with Christ. The passing from our darkness into his light.
Maybe that idea had extra meaning to me because of this wonderful quote on Plain Catholic’s blog:
“Death is not extinguishing the light. It is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” Tagore
From the APOTD, November 30, 2008 (also the start of Advent this year).
Apollo 15, launched July 26, 1971. David Scott looks at a large moon rock. The top of the 11,000-foot Mt. Hadley Delta is ahead of him.