Monday, November 28, 2011

Advent Silence Leads us to Accept the Gift of Faith

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Mass Readings for Today, Monday of the 1st Week of Advent

When I was young I loved to go into the woods and here the sound of the snow falling.  It was a very loud kind of silence.  This is the mystical or liturgical sound, as it were, of Advent.  This is because the whole Church, the mystical Body of Christ is at this time of the year in the womb of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. This is also why Advent is Mary's season par excellence.

Advent is also a season of repentance, but not in the same rigorous way as Lent, but in a somber clearing away of the noise of our life for the coming of the Savior.

Each day of Advent is a gift from the Lord.  Today, in the encounter with the centurion, it is faith.  Faith is a gift from God infused into our souls at Baptism, but it must be augmented by a life of penance and exercising the virtue of faith by believing that the Lord's words to us are true and solid, more sure than even the ground upon which we stand.

May Our Lady help us this holy season to grow in faith, joyful and hopeful expectation of the Lord's coming, and in adoration of the living God.

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