Advent is that time of year we prepare for the Coming of Jesus in history (as a baby in Bethlehem), in mystery (as the Divine Intrusion into our own time and place), and in the fullness of time (at the Second Coming). To enrich our celebration of this beautiful time of the year, here are a few quotations about Advent that I found spiritually nourishing.
1) The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon. (Jan Richardson)
2) The waiting of Advent teaches us to live in increments, in small pieces rather than large chunks. Waiting also teaches us to measure our progress slowly. Alcoholics and addicts know this more than most of us. They measure their recovery in single days. They know their waiting and recovery takes place one day at a time. (Holly Whitcomb)
3) Everything that is worthwhile must be waited for. (Carlo Carretto)
4) Jesus came to us as a child so that we might come to understand not only that nothing we do is insignificant, but that every small thing we do has within it the power to change the world. (Joan Chittister, OSB)
5) There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation. (Madeleine L’Engle)
6) You could more easily catch a hurricane in a shrimp net that you can understand the wild, relentless, passionate, uncompromising, pursuing love of God made present in the manger. (Brennan Manning)
7) Mahatma Gandli once said, “There is more to life than merely increasing its speed.” May our slowing down this Advent be our gentle protest against the violence of our rushing world. May our slowing down give quiet, steady witness to the values of attentiveness, carefulness, patience, receptivity, stillness. May our slowing down enable us to make real and meaningful connections with people, nature, work, art, and (most importantly) with God. (Melannie Svoboda, SND)
8) Advent: the time to listen for footsteps. You can’t hear footsteps when you’re running yourself. (Bill McKibben)
9) The message of the Incarnation is not to behold an innocent baby resplendent in inertia, but rather to take sides with a God who agitates for reform and shatters the status quo. (Doris Donnelly)
11) Into this world, this demented inn in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited. (Thomas Merton)
12) Perhaps the hardest thing to remember about Christmas is this: It celebrates the Incarnation, not just the Nativity. The Incarnation is an on-going process of salvation, while the Nativity is the once-and-for-all historical event… In the Incarnation, God entered our world so thoroughly that nothing has been the same since. (Liturgy Training Source Book)
13) Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God’s own love and concern. (St. Mother Teresa)
Our song is a beautiful Advent song entitled “Waiting in Silence.”
Do any of these quotes resonate with you? If so, which and why?
What does the season of Advent mean for you?
I invite you to share your ideas with us… Don’t be shy…