Advent: A time of joyful waiting

(December 2016) -- In preparation for Advent we asked a few Sisters to name a favorite Advent element and to share why. We hope their reflections help jump start your Advent -- a time of joyful waiting for the Coming of our Lord!

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by Sister Ruth Ann LaBine

My favorite Advent symbol is the Nativity scene. Working with young children, I like them to arrange and relate to each character (including the animals). It’s extra special to me knowing that it was created by St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century to emphasize the humility of the Savior of the world coming as a poor child.

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by Sister Rose Marie Buscemi

Advent is a “time” when we ponder the coming of Jesus, a time when we yearn for a glimmer of assurance of our eternal journey home to meet our Lord and God. It is a time when we ask our God of Hope to enter our hearts which often may be entangled in a web of our problems.

It is a time when we ask for forgiveness from those we have offended and pray for the ones we hold dear. It is also a time when we look forward to the season of Christmas with its joys, laughter, and coming together with friends and families, who mean so much to us.

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by Sister Sally Ann Brickner

The Advent Wreath is my favorite symbol. The circular wreath speaks to me of God’s endless love. Each week as we light another candle, the light grows stronger as does our deepening desire for the long-awaited Messiah. To me, the symbol is rich with religious meaning as we prepare for our celebration of Christ’s birthing anew in our lives.


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