Welcome to the beautiful season of Advent—a season of waiting and expectancy! We began our Advent Season here at school this morning with a beautiful and simple acknowledgement of what our waiting and expectancy is all about. Returning from our Thanksgiving celebrations and gatherings, it was good to gather around the empty manger in the center of our gym and call to mind the ways we can and will make a difference in our own little corner of the world. The kind words and gestures we are consciously extending toward those around us is being symbolically shown by our preparing a soft and welcoming manger for the Christ Child. Yes, we celebrate as we remember the greatest Gift that was given to us over 2,000 years ago, and yes, we do try to align/realign our lives according to what Christ taught us so we will be ready for that final visit. But more importantly, we want to raise our awareness of the many visits/comings of Christ in our lives on a daily basis. So, the waiting and preparation is really meant for us to quiet down interiorly and exteriorly so that we can recognize and celebrate these daily comings.
We invite you to join us each morning in the gym at 7:55 am as we remember and celebrate all the mini comings of Christ each day. Then, when Christmas Day comes, we will have so much to celebrate—we will have become so familiar with those Christ “visits” that the world will be a better place, and we will want to spread that good news! Darkness will begin to lift—the days will even start lengthening—and there will be more joy in our corner of the world because we now “see”! Happy Advent! --Sr. Carolyn