Advent - Isaiah

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A Reflection by Fr. Robert Maloney, CM

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Advent - Isaiah

  1. 1. Advent Isaiah A Reflection by Robert P. Maloney, C.M. from "Prophets" by Duccio, Tempera on Wood, c. 1311
  2. 2. Advent symbolizes our human condition.
  3. 3. We long. We hope. We rejoice in what we have. We yearn for what we have not.
  4. 4. “Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight his paths.” (Isaiah 40:3)
  5. 5. Isaiah reminds us that the Lord is about to create something new.
  6. 6. God does everything. “By waiting and by calm, you shall be saved; in quiet and in trust your strength lies.” (Is 30:15)
  7. 7. Isaiah’s second theme puts the accent on human responsibility. It recognizes that God’s work on earth is our work too…
  8. 8. We are called to live among the poor as signs of boundless hope…
  9. 9. When the Lord comes “may he find us watching in prayer, our hearts filled with wonder and joy.” (Advent Preface II)
  10. 10. What are some steps that will help us to prepare the way of the Lord?
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. 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

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