Have you ever wondered what our country would be like if there were signs of people using the four weeks of Advent as an opportunity to prepare for the feast of Christmas—the Feast of love? We might notice people attending their churches and giving voice to their faith through worship, prayer and song. Or we might notice people here and there looking out for the welfare and health of their neighbors even when this requires sacrifice. Or we notice people’s values and choices reflecting respect and integrity in what they say and do, and thinking to ourselves: “What divine spark ignited the hearts and souls of these caring and kind people?” Might it be that these people are all around us, every day, but escape our notice because we are looking elsewhere? Just think! God sees it all and doesn’t use Facebook to notice. What a blessing!
By Joyce Iten, OSB