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A Reflection by Fr. Robert Maloney, CM

A Reflection by Fr. Robert Maloney, CM

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  • Advent Isaiah A Reflection by Robert P. Maloney, C.M. from "Prophets" by Duccio, Tempera on Wood, c. 1311
  • Advent symbolizes our human condition.
  • We long. We hope. We rejoice in what we have. We yearn for what we have not.
  • “Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight his paths.” (Isaiah 40:3)
  • Isaiah reminds us that the Lord is about to create something new.
  • God does everything. “By waiting and by calm, you shall be saved; in quiet and in trust your strength lies.” (Is 30:15)
  • Isaiah’s second theme puts the accent on human responsibility. It recognizes that God’s work on earth is our work too…
  • We are called to live among the poor as signs of boundless hope…
  • When the Lord comes “may he find us watching in prayer, our hearts filled with wonder and joy.” (Advent Preface II)
  • What are some steps that will help us to prepare the way of the Lord?
  • Give yourself generously to the hour of personal prayer that our Constitutions commit us to. Give yourself wholeheartedly to the Church’s preferential option for the poor.
  • For the full text of this letter, and Fr. Maloney’s other writings visit Vincentian Encyclopedia Adapted from text by Gail Rieth, RSM c. 2006