At Mass on Saturday morning, the priest mentioned that we are at the halfway point of Advent. This fact hadn't occurred to me, and I'm glad that he brought it up. There are only two weeks of Advent left-this is both exciting (Christmas will soon be here!) and intimidating (are we ready?). So, since Father mentioned the whole "we're halfway through Advent" reality, I've been thinking about how this Advent has been going over here.
|Our barren Jesse Tree. Thankfully, it finally|
has some ornaments on it!
While it would have been nice to have everything completely set at the beginning of Advent, the "ease into Advent" approach this year works well for me in this state in life. With a teething six-month-old, out-of-town travels, and local events, life is very full. And there are moments when I think it's better to focus on having some leisure time with my husband or quiet prayer time instead of trying to cram in as many "Adventy things" as possible. All of the exterior practices and devotions in the world would be no good if they don't help cultivate and lead us to deeper silence and prayer.
|Dark chocolate coins and mandarin|
oranges on the Feast of St. Nicholas!
As we head into the last half of Advent, waiting and longing for the Lord's birth, I'll leave you all with a quotation from A Monastery Journey to Christmas:
"To cultivate an inner vigilant attitude means to remain continually on the alert for all those signs the Lord provides us daily. They encourage us to persevere in our Advent resolutions and seek his presence in all of life's circumstances. Be alert, be vigilant, be on the guard: This means keeping our hearts in a state of constant readiness."