Saturday, November 29, 2008

Advent 2008... Waiting

The Advent journey is an invitation to climb the mountain of the Lord. The journey consists of a slow, gradual ascending up the mountain path. As with all uphill climbing, there are certain dangers along the way, but also the joyful expectation of one day reaching the mountaintop that is the house of the Lord.
-- Brother Victor Antoine D'Avila-Latourrette

We welcome you, small child of Bethlehem, whose coming we await with quiet attention. Shield us from the shouts, the screams, the empty promises of the season, and encourage us to turn our hopes to your coming. We know that the promise is hidden in the stable in Bethlehem and rooted in the offspring of Jesse; Let us look for our salvation there. Amen.
--Judy Bauer


Maria said...

Hi Jeff,

That was lovely. The image is simply gorgeous.

Jeff said...

Hi Maria,

That image is from Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Francis of Assisi

crystal said...

Happy Advent, Jeff.

victor said...

Call me crazy Jeff!

I hear ya! Hey! Stop picking my brain cells sinner vic!

Anyway, in the pass I heard science say that we daily waste countless brain cells so I'm asking Our Heavenly Father to take those brain cells and put them to good use for Advent cause nothing is impossible for Him. Right?

Maybe some of those brain cells can go around the world telling every Christians that we need a date to celebrate The Birth of Our Lord and Savior?

I don't know about the rest of the world but Christmas is to celebrate The Birth of Jesus and not seasons greeting and/or Xmas seasons just because we might be afraid of hurting someone's feeling and/or be called mean spirited which might hurt our purse strings if you know what I mean?

I hear ya Jeff! Hey sinner vic! It’s sounds like one of your micro blessed trinity cell of me, myself and I have already started picking your brain cells. You must remember sinner vic to remind those cells that Our God is a God with an ever endless Love supply.

So true Jeff but don't you think that these cells should think of giving and not always wasting?

Keep UP the good words Jeff.

God Bless,


Maria said...

Ah... I've already dropped a small fortune at Amazon in the last couple of days, now I have another excuse to go shop. That looks like a wonderful book. I'll have to add it to my wishlist.

cowboyangel said...

Shield us from the shouts, the screams, the empty promises of the season

Not to mention the insane and dehumanized creatures stampeding a human being to death at Wal-Mart just for a good deal on a plasma TV. I don't know how we can possibly get further away from the true meaning of Christmas than that horrendous event. (Yes, yes, on Long Island, I know.)

We all better double and triple-up our prayers during this holiday season. We can start with the lovely one you posted here.

Maria said...

I definitely second Cowboyangel's suggestion of doubling and tripling up on our prayers this Advent season.

BTW, Jeff, I ordered the book with Christmas Wisdom from St. Francis. It just arrived, so tonight I think I'll curl up with a good book. :-)

Jeff said...

Happy Advent, Crystal!

Thanks Vic. It's a good time to celebrate the Incarnation.


You know, I meant to tell you earlier, I thought the one with the words of Henri Nouwen was better, but I think you'll enjoy this too. :-)


Yeah, another red-letter day for Wal-Mart. That sure says something about the grip of rampant consumerism on this country, doesn't it? The same days as the crisis in Mumbai...

Don't forget the guys who decided to bust caps with each other in a Toys 'R' Us on the west coast, either. Shot each other to death.

Ho ho ho. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

Maria said...


The book came today. Ah, I like Henri Nouwen too. This one is really nice. I like it so far. St. Francis is one of my favorites, so how could I resist a bit of his wisdom.