Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Often in life things happen quickly and we find ourselves unprepared. So it seems with Advent. Who hasn’t asked themselves,”… you mean it’s here already? Indeed it is! Happily this year we have nearly four full weeks of this season of preparation before we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How then shall we use this time? Let us look to what mothers do when they anticipate the birth of their child. A nursery is generally cleaned, painted, decorated and made into a welcoming place for the newborn. There is extraordinary excitement even in the midst of calm and meditative waiting. These very common responses of an expectant mother are also a profound lesson for how we can prepare our souls for the birth of Christ.
Of course, Our Lord has already been born, but spiritually He desires to be, in a sense, born again in our hearts and souls. Thus we must prepare ourselves for that rebirth. We ask, “Have I prepared my soul to welcome the King?” Has our soul become cluttered and dusty with sin? Is it a fitting place to welcome a new-born? God in His mercy and graciousness has given us the means to prepare the nursery of our souls—Confession, the Sacrament of Reconciliation. During Advent, amid the hustle and bustle of the season, our first priority should be to make a good Confession. As you know, your priests are available daily, before and after Mass to hear confessions. We also have, at St Mary Magdalen, Confessions from 10:30 to 12 noon every Saturday. In case of a funeral we will hear confessions at St John’s.
May God bestow wondrous graces upon you during this Holy Season as we prepare for the Coming of the Lord.
In His Peace,