The Monastic Mirror


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Why is Advent Important?

Have you ever read a book before going to a movie so that you would understand, and not miss any important events that might be in the book but not in the movie?  I do.  Most of the time the book has more detail about the plot and often has important information that is left out of the movie.  The information left out is often subtle but important for you to get the whole picture..  Well this is why Advent is so important.  It is a time of preparation for Christmas.  It is a time to get the whole idea of what it means to prepare for the birth of Jesus.  I know some of you are saying I am prepared, I have the tree up, the Christmas gifts bought and wrapped, the Christmas cards are almost done.  But I ask:  How have you prepared yourself for the coming of Christ into your life once again this year?  What have you done to be more involved with the Church, or What do you need to reflect upon these next couple of weeks to get yourself personally ready for the coming of our Lord?  What areas of my life need polished or am I ready?  Is there a part of me that needs fixed, repaired or attention?  Have I read the Book...the Bible and prepared for the coming?  Have I read the plots, understood the prophets, do I see the signs?  Have I understood the details given in the Book that need to be a part of my preparation for the birth of Christ?
      If you haven't or answered NO to any of these questions...Advent is important to all of us.  It is the time to read the BOOK and prepare for the birth of our Savior.  It is a time to learn to read the signs; what the prophets foretold about the coming of the Christ child. Take this time,this wonderful time to get ready for the coming of the Savior...Prepare the way for the birth of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

It is Thanksgiving tomorrow and I have so much to be thankful for.  I have been graced with a wonderful vocation that I am so grateful for.  I give thanks everyday for the opportunity to serve God and others through this wonderful way of life.  As we sit down tomorrow with our family, we will pray not only for all that God has graced us with, but for those who enrich our lives by their presence.  We will pause for those who do not have enough to eat and ask that our God will bestow on them the blessings that they need.                                                                                  

We thank our Service men and women who fought for the freedom to allow us to enjoy one another, and the freedom to celebrate this holiday.

In Thanksgiving:    
     For each new morning with its light,
     For rest and shelter of the night,
     For health and food,
     For love and friends,
     For everything Thy goodness sends.
       Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wish everyone a Blessed Thanksgiving.  Thank you for the blessing you are to my life.

  Your Sister in Christ,
    Sister John Paul