Advent Visitation-Ghirlandaio

Advent Visitation-Ghirlandaio

Reposted by Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Visitation Alumna

I repost the message below because building on my advent message from last week, it takes the idea of active waiting and prayerful, peaceful presence a step further. It is a message brimming with wisdom in preparation for this Christmas Season. How will you carry Christ to others?

Written by Sr. Helen Margaret Feeney, CSJ

“Over the hillside country Mary went. She had not meant to tell she carried Christ, but the Christ she bore gently bestowed his love on all she met….”*

Like Mary, pregnant with Christ, it is for us to use this special season of Advent to allow Christ to grow daily within us. With Christ, we will create the fruit of peace — the peace that flows from love.

Peace arises from harmony, through communion with God. Prayer alone will put us in contact with His presence. In loving union with Him, we will be able to establish a quiet serenity that no one can take from us. Only then, we will be able to act out of the center of peace.

God loves us dearly and fully comprehends the special beauty of each and every one. Has He not made us to His own image and likeness? Through quiet moments of prayer with Him, nourished by the Eucharist, we can begin to know our own inner beauty, our worth, our being in God. United with Mary, we will become conscious that when she carried Christ within her womb, her breathing was His every breath, her voice was His voice. Suddenly we will realize that He could go only where she chose to take Him.

Is not Christ dependent upon us today? This utter dependence places a great trust in us. As Christ bearers, He will guide us into the way of peace. With Mary as our role model, we must carry Him wherever He wants to go. There may be places He will never go unless we bring Him there. Surely He wishes to go to our workplace — the office, factory or classroom. Or it may be He has a strong desire to visit the wretched lodging of a derelict, an elderly neighbor in a nursing home, a drug or AIDS victim, a whimpering child, or a forgotten alcoholic. If our being there means that Christ is present, that alone makes it worthwhile. Indeed, each of us can be a minister of love and bring Christ’s peace to the lives of others. We just have to welcome them with a caring love and bring Christ’s peace to the lives of others. We just have to welcome them with a caring love by listening attentively to the communication of their hearts. By being in close touch with the Source of Peace, we shall begin to act out of that Source.

As men, women and children of God, we are the Church. We are here to create Christ’s peace first within ourselves and then bring it to those we meet along the hillside of life’s journey. By so doing, our peace-filled joy will know no boundaries when at Holy Mass and Communion we cradle Christ, the Prince of Peace on Christmas Day.

A Blessed Advent.

*Author unknown to the writer

copyright © 1997-2005, Spirituality for Today, Volume 3, Issue 5, Advent’s Message of Peace by Sr. Helen Margaret Feeney, CSJ
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Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan is a 1993 graduate of the Mendota Heights Visitation; she currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and three sons. She is a freelance writer who is passionate about motherhood and sharing Salesian Spirituality . We are happy to feature her here as a guest blogger from time to time.


SKatherine · December 11, 2010 at 11:30 am

We have some opportunity today (this weekend) to hunker down inside, sit by the fire and ponder this message of peace. Thank you to Beth for recycling it!Though I heard a woman being quoted on WCCO this morning as saying, “Today we are inner focused and going to make Christmas cookies instead of being “out and about.” That too is a way to make that peace happen-and the kids like it even better! SK2

Elizabeth · December 11, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Oh Sr Katherine, send some get home prayers. After an hour and a half of flying they are turning around because our plane’s deicer does not work on one wing and now MSP has shut the airport temporarily…I wish I were home inwardly focused and baking cookies with the littles…alas they are in wonderful hands, but how I miss them! Glad you are around the fire…hope you get a chance for some sweets.

antiques- · April 4, 2013 at 5:45 am

It’s difficult to find educated people for this topic, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

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