Each year during Advent and Lent, my parish provides devotional material for the parishioners, booklets of prayers and meditations. This Advent, my parish provided The Magnificat Advent Companion.
I love it!
Incidentally, there is also a iPhone app version of the Advent Companion. It’s available in the iTunes Store (here’s the link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/advent-companion-2011/id473263805?mt=8)
Advent began last Sunday. I thought that was an appropriate time to pick up the Advent Companion to read the introduction and to get familiar with the set up.
I was moved by the first thing I read: the Editorial written by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.
Here it is:
In Christ we have all.
Let everyone approach him,
those who are sick because of sins,
who is as if nailed by his lust,
who is still imperfect
but eager to move forward with intense prayer,
who has already grown in many virtues.
We are all in the hands of the Lord
and Christ is everything for us.
If you wish to heal your wounds, he is a doctor;
if you’re burning with fever, he is the spring;
if you’re oppressed by sin, he is justice;
if you need help, he is strength;
if you’re afraid of death, he is life;
if you desire heaven, he is the way;
if you flee darkness, he is light;
if you search for food, he is nutrition.
“Taste,” therefore, “and see how sweet is the Lord.
Happy the man who hopes in him” (Psalm 34:9)
This Advent I pray that all of us will wholeheartedly seek out Jesus. I pray that we will not let wounds, fever, sin, weakness, fear, trials, tribulations, hunger, NOTHING come between us and Jesus. Jesus, the one who comes to save us.