Some thoughts on Advent from the writings of the
founder of Opus Dei, Blessed Josemaria Escriva.
- Advent is here. What a marvellous time in which to renew your desire, your
nostalgia, your real longing for Christ to come - for him to come every day to your
soul in the Eucharist. The Church encourages us: Ecce veniet! - He is about to
arrive! (The Forge, 548)
- It really did hurt you deeply when you were told that what you were looking for
was not your conversion, but a container for your wretchedness. In that way you
would be able to carry on comfortably - but with a taste of bitterness - bearing that
sorry load. (Furrow, 162)
- "Look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand,"
(Luke 21:28) we have just read in the Gospel. This time of Advent is a time for
hope. These great horizons of our Christian vocation, this unity of life built on the presence of
God our Father, can and ought to be a daily reality. Ask our Lady, along with
me, to make it come true. Try to imagine how she spent these months, waiting for her Son to be
born. And our Lady, Holy Mary, will make of you alter Christus, ipse Christus: another Christ, Christ himself!
(Christ is Passing By, 11, 5)