That our joy be full ...
1 John 1:4
The time has come when God once again wants to immerse us in the grace of Advent. Our first call is to ask for the grace of experiencing this time according to His will. Let this year's Advent allow us to look with joy into our hearts and enlighten them with longing for an encounter with Christ.
Dear Sisters, the Liturgy of Advent guides us through the mysteries, the paths of meeting the people who were obedient to God's Word. The story of Mary and Joseph, Elisabeth and Zacharias and John the Baptist, is centered on Jesus, the expected Messiah. The mystery of their lives becomes understandable because of Christ. We are invited not only to reflection and meditation of these events, but above all to personal participation in these meetings. To enter the Advent way of prayer, vigilance and greater sensitivity to the needs of others, let us be witnesses to this: what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life, for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us, what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (1 John 1: 1-3).
Advent is a courageous approach to the meeting of the coming God in His manifold forms: in prayer, in another person, in conversion ... It is a time of special sensitivity, attention, concentration and hope. I would like to wish you the grace of recognizing God's presence in the daily life of this Advent struggle. I wish you deep and mutual encounters in your sisterly community and with other people you encounter. Let's be ready to meet the Lord!
With the gift of God's blessing,
Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC