“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness” (Archbishop Desmond Tutu). Desmond Tutu is a man who was born into the darkness of the South African apartheid system. He became a leading light in advocating for nonviolent opposition to the system and initiating the truth and reconciliation process in South Africa. He was a man who experienced darkness, yet truly lived out his own words and always hoped for the coming of the light. As we experience these dark days of December, we are invited to follow a liturgical path of hope that leads us from darkness to light. We wait in hope through this Advent season for the coming of the Christ Child, for the final coming of Christ to reign in glory, and welcome the action of Divine Love in this present moment, a constant beacon of light and hope in a dark world.
Karen Rose, OSB