Advent

Join us on the journey towards Christmas

"The entire life of a good Christian is a holy desire. What you desire, however, you don't yet see. But by desiring you are made large enough, so that, when there comes what you should see, you may be filled. "

- Saint Augustine (On the First Letter of John, 4)

The Journey to Christmas

During the season of Advent we anticipate and prepare for the Nativity of the Lord at Christmas and the Second Coming of Christ.  We are invited to renew our desire for the presence of the Savior in the midst of our lives and world so that our hearts may be large enough to be filled by him as he does come.  We invite you to pray and reflect with us throughout the season.

Resources for your Advent Journey

Advent Blog Posts

What Have You Come to See?

by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. “What have you come to see?” is the question Jesus poses to the messengers of John the Baptist in Luke 7:24-30. This might be a good...

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Let us Rejoice

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA When I was working for the U.S. Army, it was a common practice when one sent an email or called another to request something to end...

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Mercy is the Path Back to God

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA Isaiah 41:13-20 is a reminder to God’s people that despite the sinful things they had done, God would not forsake or abandon them. The people had...

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Running Towards the Gift

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA Last weekend I went home to Cincinnati for a visit and some members of the family wanted to surprise my 7 year old niece and 3...

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Paving the Way of the Lord

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA According to Brandon Vogt, author of the book Return:  How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church, for every one person who enters the Catholic Church approximately...

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Contemplation Through Silence

This post was adapted from a retreat given by Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA on Augustine's Routes to Contemplation. Naturally, most important for all the routes is the element of silence...

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Contemplation Through Wonder

This post was adapted from a retreat given by Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA on Augustine's Routes to Contemplation. Another route to contemplation was Augustine’s gazing at the world with wonder...

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Growing in Hope

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA The centurion found in Matthew 8:5-11 was a man who understood the concept of authority. He was someone both subject to the authority of those who...

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Contemplation Through Love

This post was adapted from a retreat given by Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA on Augustine's Routes to Contemplation. Another route of contemplation for Augustine was charity or love itself. Charity...

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Contemplation Through Our Desires

This post was adapted from a retreat given by Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA on Augustine's Routes to Contemplation. Let’s us now go to the expression “Return to your heart”. For...

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving

O God, how magnificent are your works!   In wisdom you have made them all.   They are yours, you have made them all.   Thanks be to You!  ...

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The Journey to “the End”

By Jeremy Hiers, OSA How often do we think about the end times? In Luke 21:5-11, God invites us to reflect on just this. It is easy to get caught...

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Contemplation Through Our Life Experiences

Editors Note: Disappointment, disillusion, disenchantment and boredom in life are unpleasant negative experiences, but they are not without positive fruit if they are allowed to teach. This post was adapted...

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Filling the Void

Editors Note: the following reflection was written by someone who faced incarceration and addiction. It was originally published in the newsletter Voices from Prison and the Edge newsletter (issue #34),...

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There Is Always Room for Hope

Advent Join us on the journey towards Christmas “The entire life of a good Christian is a holy desire. What you desire, however, you don’t yet see. But by desiring...

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A Dwelling Place for Emmanuel

Advent Join us on the journey towards Christmas “The entire life of a good Christian is a holy desire. What you desire, however, you don’t yet see. But by desiring...

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