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The Darkness of Advent – Father Stephen

“There are two kinds of Advent, one which we commemorate, and one which we experience. The first celebrates the gratitude of Christianity, while returning to the confident expectation of days long past; the second consists of our personal experience, when we endeavor to conform to the standard, which our great future sets before us. We then become conscious of the darkness which our finiteness and the weakness and instability of human nature cast upon our mind, heart and spirit, and upon life as a whole. Since the days of Adam this darkness is common to all without exception — from Abraham, by way of David, Isaias, the Baptist, St. Paul, St. Francis, St. Ignatius, to the last just man who died yesterday. From it we all seek deliverance; as St. Paul says, ‘we look for the Savior, who will reform the body of our lowness.’ Men looked to His light of old, and how often do we pray lux perpetua luceat eis! (May eternal light shine upon them!) Like our forefathers, we too seek for the kingdom of God, our true country, and we too know that our abode here is not permanent, and that we must set forth to seek that which is better, and salvation. That is why I term our life on earth an Advent.” — Bp.Ottokar Prohászka

Posted on December 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm

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