#ADVENT – An Irrational Season of Blooming Love

On this 7th day of Advent, Virginia is contemplating blooming love (the impossible, irrational kind…)

“To the impossible: Yes!
Enter and penetrate
O Spirit. Come and bless
This hour: the star is late.
Only the absurdity of love
Can break the bonds of hate.

This is the irrational season
When love blooms bright and wild.
Had Mary been filled with reason
There’d have been no room for the child.”

Madeleine L’Engle  (from Glimpses of Grace)

grace, peace & irrational blooms (of Love!)

Virginia : )

Photos: December blooms @ Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

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#Advent – Gifting (St. Nicholas-style)

On this 6th day of Advent (and St. Nicholas Day in many parts of the globe) Virginia is contemplating gifts and giftedness…

“The Giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic His giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.” Saint Nicholas of Myra

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Pablo Picasso

grace, peace & giftedness

Virginia : )

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#Advent – Hidden Treasures (of Light)

On this 5th day of Advent, Virginia is contemplating openness to the Light:  “Treasures lie hidden in darkness. Only those who walk in the night ever see the stars.” Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

“There might be less spiritual blindness in the world if those who had the light obeyed the Divine injunction: ‘Let your light shine before all.’” Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

grace, peace & courageous Lights

Virginia : )

Photo: Lake Garda, Italy

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#ADVENT – Traveling with God

On this 4th day of Advent, Virginia is contemplating traveling with God: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil; for You are with me.” (Psalm 23:3)

“It is God to Whom and with Whom we travel, and while God is at the end of the journey, God is also at every stopping place.” Elizabeth Elliot

grace, peace & Blessed Assurance

Virginia : )

Photo: Grand Canyon

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#ADVENT – Beacons of Hope

On this 3rd day of Advent, Virginia is contemplating hope…

“When we live in the love of God, we feed the lamps of our hearts and God’s spirit comes to dwell within us. Then we truly become places of refuge amidst so much indifference, holy tabernacles, beacons of hope in the midst of darkness, proclaiming to the world that Kingdom of God has not died.” Simon Cerda, C.S.C.

grace, peace & beacons of Hope

Virginia : )

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#ADVENT – Faith (having lots of)

On this second day of Advent, contemplating faith as a verb…

“Sorrow looks back. Worry looks forward. Faith looks up.” Anonymous

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the Light.”  Helen Keller

grace, peace & faith

Virginia : )

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#ADVENT: Preparation, Anticipation, Hope & LOVE!

And so it begins…today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation, of waiting (patiently) for Christmas – a season of Hope, Joy, Peace and Love.

Seasonal goals that may seem elusive in the hustle and bustle of holiday obligations, parties, shopping, and to-do lists a mile long.

Advent is an opportunity to wake ourselves up to God’s presence, to make more room in the inns of our hearts for the coming of Christ, for His love to shine in and through us.

Advent is a journey of Light in the darkness, of wonder and faith as we travel toward new beginnings with Mary to the manger.

Advent is a time to say “yes” to what God asks of us:

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

“Always remember this: life is a journey. It is a path, a journey to meet Jesus. At the end, and forever. It is to continually encounter Jesus.”  Pope Francis

grace, peace & Advent journeys

Virginia : )

p.s. Virginia is once again attempting her post-a-day Advent gig. Realizing that this is an extra busy time (concerts, parties, holiday preparations) Virginia decided to utilize a ‘Snapshot & Whatnot’ format for posts this year. I know that many friends and readers are from different faith traditions, but I hope that a quickie quote, photo, and Advent meandering might spread a bit of joy and understanding around. Be welcome to join me on this Advent journey!

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