Over recent years, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has challenged women religious to find the new, find the transformative moment and to believe there is one amidst the sometimes chaos of everyday life. The challenge isn’t new, we find the prophet Isaiah 43:19, having God communicate to us when he wrote “See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” A contemplative person tries to find the God moment, the transformative moment, and the God instance in everything. Benedictines and others call the practice Lectio Divina. It is about listening and discerning God’s call and then acting upon it. Sometimes, in fact, a lot of the time; the transformative moment is hard to know. That is one of the challenges of Advent. Advent is a waiting period. God promised humankind a Savior in Genesis 3:15 when God inspired the Biblical writer to write “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed;” Isaiah, the great prophet of hope, comforts the Israelites with his messianic prophecies and ultimately gives us the characteristics of an Immanuel King and His kingdom. (Isaiah 11:1-9). Many years transpired between these promises and it’s fulfillment in the person of Jesus, Our Savior. Advent is still a season of preparation and waiting for the Kingdom to come. Yet we know that the Kingdom is among us because Christ came into the world and showed us how to live and is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
In the midst of preparing this letter, Election Day November 8th happened. Recall your reaction. On my part I was trying to look for the transformative moment. On November 9th my niece, Ann Marie Howsden, wrote the following on Facebook. I asked her if I could quote the last part of what she wrote: “People who support Trump want a better future for themselves and their children, people who support Hillary want the same thing……I bet every single person, even if they didn’t vote at all, just wants a better America.”
Bottom line, if you are reading this, chances are good that you have literally no control over the president, congress, or even local government. However, you are 100% in control of making yourself, your family, and your personal corner of the world a better place. There will always be outside circumstances over which you have no control that affect your life. Instead of attacking each other and losing friendships, we should all be banding together and making sure we can overcome the inevitable obstacles when they arise by bettering ourselves and our culture.
Be creative and find solutions. Show gratitude. Be positive.
Focus on what you CAN control instead of worrying about what you CAN’T”.
May this Advent/Christmas season find us building God’s kingdom on earth because we can.
God bless you,
Sister Mary Bratrsovsky, OSB
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