No, I haven't died, run away from home, or landed in the hospital. I apologize for not having posted more frequently the past few weeks, but things have been a bit hectic. Thanksgiving and a bunch of meetings seem to have eaten up a good deal of time--and energy.
But I do want to take this opportunity to wish everyone and Blessed and Peaceful Advent. This short season of "joyful expectation" is so often overwhelmed by Christmas preparations that we miss the beauty and the blessings of this season. Advent is a time to wait and to prepare not only for the celebration of Christmas, but also for the Second Coming of Jesus. God came once into human history to save us and to show us how to live a fully human and holy life. He will come again to bring this world to a close as his Kingdom reaches fulfillment and we share in his glory forever. The Scripture reading for this First Sunday of Advent make it very clear--we need to prepare to meet the Lord by putting on the mind and heart of Jesus so that we begin more and more to think, act, and behave like him. May this season prove to be a time of blessing and peace for all of you.
For those of you on the Vocation Office mailing list, you should have received (or will receive this week hopefully) a copy of the latest newsletter along with a daily medication booklet for each day of Advent and into the Christmas Season. I hope it is a good resource for your prayer and discernment.