November 29, 2015 – First Sunday of Advent
Readings: JER 33:14-16 • PS 25 •1 THES 3:12-4:2 • LK 21:25-28, 34-36
“Father in heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of your love and our minds are searching for the lifght of your Word. Increase our longing for CHrist our Savior and give us the strength to grow in love, that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence and welcoming the light of his truth.” (Intercessory Prayer from the Psalter of Advent)
Words such as “prepare, wake up, and be aware,” this Advent, caught me by surprise. I know at the end of Ordinary Time, there is Advent, but I was so busy with this and that, I found myself not ready. Our group Lectio with the sisters of the Sunday’s reading helped me, though. In the Gospel, “Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand,” made me think that I should always be ready to know that redemption is close at hand. Jesus is always there to guide me, but I have to be ready to listen to his voice, ready to put to his word into action. May God bless each of you this Advent season and may you know there is hope in the world. SK
CONSECRATED LIFE – Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life be celebrated throughout the world, beginning on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014. It will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016.
MISSION STATEMENT – The Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert is a monastic community of women in the Benedictine tradition. We profess vows of stability, conversion of life and obedience. Our primary mission is to seek God through a life of prayer, silence and solitude. Our way of life frees us to give glory and praise to God, intercede through prayer for the needs of the world and hospitality.