Advent places a special importance on the coming of Christ to the Human person. His hidden birth in our lives, his presence here and now in the mystery of prayer draws us to the Word and the Sacrament where He is present.
We now assume a stance of waiting for the coming of the Lord. Advent is filled with the language of vigilance as an expression of purity of heart. We are called to leave the worldly and to watch with lamps trimmed, like the wise virgins, for the Coming of the Spirit. This is a basic Christian truth, common to us all, which is why vigils are such a rich part of our Catholic heritage: the Christmas Vigil, the Easter Vigil, the vigil of Pentecost. To keep vigil for the Lord, is our common attribute as we enter most profoundly the great mystery of waiting. Continue reading