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Living Advent

By Silvia Holgado

December 2nd, 2021 - Advent Newsletter I Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center


Waiting ... Few things are as heavy for us as having to wait. Current times move fast, we do not want to wait, technology allows us not to have to wait.

However, Advent is in essence, a time of waiting and at the same time an invitation for us to stop, in silence, to capture a presence. A presence that is yet to come, but that is already by our side, and is already walking with us. Advent mystery? Contradiction? In this liturgical season we are invited to contemplate the present Lord, to understand the meaning of time and history as Kairos, as a time of encounter with our God and Savior.

Advent is in essence, a time of waiting and at the same time an invitation for us to stop, in silence, to capture a presence..

Photo: Praying in silence, Wix Media


There are very different ways to wait. When time advances towards meeting a loved one, then the joy of waiting makes the present valuable.

Christian Advent is the occasion to awaken in us the true meaning of waiting

In this way, Christian Advent is the occasion to awaken in us the true meaning of waiting, returning to the heart of our faith, which is the mystery of Christ. The Messiah waited for many centuries and was born in the poverty of Bethlehem. By coming among us, he brought us the gift of his love and his salvation.


Advent is the time of presence and waiting for the eternal. Precisely for this reason it is, in a special way, the time of joy. The joy that God has become a child. This joy, invisibly present in us, encourages us to walk with confidence.


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