“...and I am continually among them with my Love, or rather ours, the Lover of us all.”
The season of Advent is a beautiful season that provides us with opportunities to prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus. During this time our attention is drawn to Christmas cards, decorations, baking cookies, presents, lights and more. To make this a season of joy and happiness this preparation is expected.
The Virgin Mary took time to prepare for the birth of her baby – probably made baby clothes; Joseph probably made a crib; friends made blankets. She had to prepare mentally and emotionally for this baby. Imagine the thoughts and questions she had!
We move beyond the material aspects of preparation to the beauty of expecting the birth of the Son of God – the One Who Loves us all! Saint Angela Merici always kept the greatest Love close to her heart. She knew so well the love God had for her and for all of us. Her relationship with God was as a spouse – that’s why she called God her Lover.
As Advent unfolds and we prepare our homes for this joyous season, let us also prepare our hearts for the great love bestowed on us by our Gracious King of Glory! Our Savior and Lord, Jesus, comes to us as a new-born baby. We must be ready to welcome him to our world and our lives. Will we be ready?
Sister Donna Frey, OSU
Ursuline and Catholic Identity