Advent Thoughts from Sister Helen Carey

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Advent is an “already/not yet time”!  We sing “O Come Emmanuel” knowing that Emmanuel means “God is with us.” Actually, Advent invites us to be vigilant about three comings: to look back to Christ’s breaking into our history in Bethlehem,  forward to his promise to come again in glory and within, now, to God’s presence in our lives.  Advent is a time to slow down, light a candle  and ponder the mystery we celebrate.

Consider this (as does theologian Karl Rahner): Are our hearts submissive enough to welcome as sheer grace the gift which is God’s own self?

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