Dear Companions on the Journey,
Former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, besides being an insightful and eloquent theologian, is also a very good poet.I like his “Advent Calendar”:
He will come like last leaf’s fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to bone, and earth
wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud’s folding.
He will come like frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens on mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.
He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.
He will come, will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.
And From Pope Francis:
Advent invites us to a commitment to vigilance, looking beyond ourselves, expanding our mind and heart in order to open ourselves up to the needs of people, of brothers and sisters, and to the desire for a new world.It is the desire of many people tormented by hunger, by injustice, and by war. It is the desire of the poor, the weak, the abandoned. This is a favorable time to open our hearts, to ask ourselves, concrete questions about how and for whom we expend our lives.
What do you think?
And let us pray for/with one another.
Michael McGarry, C.S.P.