Today is the first day of Advent, and I couldn’t be happier.  Over the last few weeks the Church readings and meditations focused on the Last Things, the last days.  While the ultimate results of the last days is joyous – God wins, reading of the terror and the fear is hard.  Part of me loved the introspection it triggered, the searching of what I need to change to try and live with(in) Christ.  But today, I woke up wanting light. Warmth. Peace. Open, joyous hope.

And as things go with God, there it was 🙂   Advent.

To me, a perfect way to start thinking about Advent and the coming of Christ will be spending time with Mary.

I began my journey into faith saying the Rosary.  It provided me such peace and insight.  I think one of my first illuminations, or moments of Grace from God, was when I realized that Rosary made me want to pray for all people. It was overwhelming.

I also found myself drawn to the Canticle of Mary. The Magnificat, a hymn of song and praise.

The Magnificat

 And Mary said:

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for He has looked his handimaid’s lowliness;
behold, from now will all ages call me blessed;
The Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is His name.
His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him .
He has shown might with his arm;
He has dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones,
but lifted up the lowly
The hungry He has filled with good things
the rich He has sent away empty
He has helped His servant Israel,
remembering His mercy
according to His promise to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Luke 1:46

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