The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber.
Our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.
So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
We have just begun Advent, and together with it, a new liturgical year, which indicates a new way. This is KAIROS – divine gift, which opens before us new perspectives and invites to look beyond current horizons of our thoughts, desires and dreams. Responding to the grace of this time of Advent, we can experience a deep sense of our life, which is a journey toward an encounter with Christ. This is beautifully expressed by the prayer of St. Vincent Pallotti: Lord, may I always find myself in the state of suffering pilgrim, who is consumed by the greatest desire of approach. During Advent the Lord is asking us: Are we really on the way? Where are we going? What is our common goal?
The last Church documents addressed to persons living the consecrated life, invite us to be spiritually re-lifted, re-awakened, and to start our journey anew with hope toward a completed/fulfilled life, about which we can say: Yes! This is what it means to live truly and fully!
Our journey neither begins nor ends with the time of Advent. It reaches further, beyond the borders of our sight. Therefore, it is so important constantly to renew, revive and remind ourselves of the common goal, which we head for. Ultimately our goal is Christ – our Lord, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, the Alfa and Omega. This awareness of an encounter with Him, not only at the end of our life, or at the end of time, but also in the daily Eucharist, in the Word of God, in meeting with others, helps to live life really well. Let us make it a gift, which is accepted and in return, offered back to God.
Advent is also a time of silence, quietness and desert. We are reminded about it in the Book of Wisdom When peaceful silence lay over all, and night had run the half of her swift course, down from the heavens, from the royal throne, leapt your all-powerful Word like a pitiless warrior into the heart of a land doomed to destruction. Carrying your unambiguous command like a sharp sword, it stood, and filled the universe with death (Wis 18:14-15).
We need tranquility, blessed silence, which has power.
May Mary, our Mother teach us to walk this way of life. May she open our hearts to being faithful and vigilant. May she revive within us the blessed hope for the coming of the day, in which we will drink again of this fruit of the vine with Christ, in the Father's Kingdom.
With trust and certainty for the fulfillment of hope, which gives us only Jesus, I desire to entrust each Sister and each Community to the power of the Divine Mercy.
Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC
Rome, Advent 2017
Come Lord Jesus, Come!