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"Each morning this week,
if even for that brief moment ... we want to light a second inner candle.
We want to let it represent 'a bit more hope.' Perhaps we can pause, breathe deeply and say,
'Lord, I place my trust in you.'”
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dec 8
from the growing realization of our personal sinfulness, to any experience of emptiness or powerlessness, even in
the face of death itself - we can give thanks for the two candles that faithfully push back the darkness.
And, we can give thanks for the graces given us to believe that “Our God will come to save us” because
we were given the courageous faith to desire and ask boldly.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come and visit your people. We await your coming. Come, O Lord:
"As we begin Advent, we light one candle in the midst of all the darkness in our lives and in the world. It symbolizes our longing, our desire, our hope. Three “advents” or “comings” shape our desire. We want to be renewed in a sense that Jesus came to save us from our sin and death. We want to experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives, to help us live our lives with meaning and purpose. And we want to prepare for his coming to meet us at the end of our lives on this earth.
So, we begin with our longing, our desire and our hope.
When we wake up, each day this week, we could light that candle, just by taking a few moments to focus. We could pause for a minute at the side of our bed, or while putting on our slippers or our robe, and light an inner candle. Who among us doesn't have time to pause for a moment? We could each find our own way to pray something like this:
“Lord, the light I choose to let into my life today is based on my trust in you.
It is a weak flame, but I so much desire that it dispel a bit more darkness today. Today, I just want to taste the longing I have for you as I go to the meeting this morning, carry out the responsibilities of my work, face the frustration of some difficult relationships. Let this candle be my reminder today of my hope in your coming.”
Daily Advent Prayer from Online Ministries week one :
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