All right, all right, I know. It is way too early to start talking about Christmas, but can’t we start getting ready for getting ready? I mean, wouldn’t it be acceptable to prepare for our time of preparation? I can hardly wait to start waiting!!!
Two more weeks left of the (Liturgical) year, then we pull out all the purple and pink and start the countdown. Speaking with a number of sisters, we agreed that Advent is our favorite time of year; a time joining our Blessed Mother in silent, wonder-filled reflection of the Mystery at hand. Yes, there is the anticipation of the joys of Christmas, but the sense of longing that Advent engenders is so close to our Carmelite hearts.
And we are not alone. If you go through the writings of our Carmelite saints, you see Advent themes all over the place.
St. John of the Cross, “Where have You hidden, my Beloved, and left me moaning?”
St. Teresa of Jesus, “I want to see God.”
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, “O Consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, descend into my soul and make all in me as an incarnation of the Word, that I may be to him another humanity wherein he renews his mystery.”
And Advent in Carmel has an extra special flavor. There is the Advent wreath, the Posada Novena, and all the other traditional preparations. But all the externals are just reflections of what is going on internally. We prepare for His coming primarily in our own hearts and within our own community. Then that Presence can radiate out to the world.
Ah, but I am getting ahead of myself. Today’s post was just supposed to be a taste of things to come. You can look forward to plenty more quotes from the Carmelite saints as we head into this joyful season of waiting.