The Third Sunday in Advent 


 
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Image: I have been unable to locate the name of the artist for this painting. If anyone knows, please let me know so that I may credit it properly. Quote: Advent Mass Preface

"The Virgin Mother bore Him in her womb with love beyond all telling."

Reflection

Mother Mary loved Jesus with a most tender and deep love. She shows us how to love our precious Lord. She loves with an unimaginable and unspeakable love. This love goes beyond the telling of words, and becomes love doing. It is a love that loves with all her heart, mind, and soul.  It is a quiet love that burns During this season of Advent, let us pray to fall deeper in love with our Lord.

 

I invite you to visit Emily's blog Clothed in Virtue for beautifully written Advent reflections on Humility and Simplicity. She can also be found on Instagram @_poor_in_spirit.


The Second Sunday in Advent


 
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Image: Madonna del Parto by Antonio Venezia Quote: Caryll Houselander

"By His own will Christ was dependent on Mary during Advent: He was absolutely helpless; He could go nowhere but where she chose to take Him; He could not speak; her breathing was His breath; His heart beat in the beating of her heart... In the seasons of our Advent -- waking, working, eating, sleeping, being -- each breath is a breathing of Christ into the world."

Reflection

For a woman expecting a child, every little thing becomes special on behalf of the precious child within. She seeks to make holy everything she does, for she knows the life within her deserves such tenderness, care, and honor. During this season of Advent, let us pray to cherish each moment as a sacred and most precious miracle, each breath as a prayer of love. 


I invite you to visit Emily's blog Clothed in Virtue for beautifully written Advent reflections on Humility and Simplicity. She can also be found on Instagram @_poor_in_spirit.

 

The First Sunday In Advent


 
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Image: I have been unable to locate the name of the artist for this painting. If anyone knows, please let me know so that I may credit it properly. Text: A Right to be Merry by Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C.

"Many recommendations are made to the nuns each week at Chapter for prayers. One that never fails to touch me is that for 'all mothers in the blessed state of expectancy.' Here is another working demonstration of how truly and how fully the cloistered nun belongs to the world and the world to her. The whole universe is her personal charge. It is only fitting that she should pray, therefore, for the tiny persons being fashioned under the hearts of their mothers and who will shortly be under her spiritual care. Little lives grow and wax strong in the souls of the contemplative religious as in the bosom of their natural mothers."

Reflection

The time of expectancy for a woman with child is a time of deep joy. One of hope. There is a profound and inexplicable knowing that the precious soul she carries within is beautiful and worthy in God's eyes. For a mother, her child has divine purpose and promise. During this season of Advent, let us pray to have hearts full of maternal charity for all souls.


I invite you to visit Emily's blog Clothed in Virtue for beautifully written Advent reflections on Humility and Simplicity. She can also be found on Instagram @_poor_in_spirit.