It is still Advent though Christmas looms. Pre-decorating cleaning has begun, though not easy with a 25 foot ceiling. Poinsettias are waiting for placement, boxes are out of storage, as well as step stools, ladders, and grabbers.
While there is the wrapping of gifts for the community and all the needed preparations for the coming celebration that would be recognized in the world, the overriding sense within the monastery walls is a precious one, cultivated by silent prayer in the heart of each sister. As we work exteriorly on the trappings of the Christmas season, deep within us, a space is carved out and carefully made ready for the Infant King. It is this inner welcome, renewed during the quietude of Advent waiting and expectation, that allows us to better contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation.
Our Savior and Redeemer is almost here. With his arrival, everything changes! We are saved and no longer alone.