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Fourth Week of Advent Reflection

 

As I enter into a reflection on the Gospel this 4th Sunday (Luke 1:26-38; The Annunciation Story), I am struck by the walk we have all taken together on this Advent e-journey.   I love all of your juxtapositions of the perfect pottery, polished silver, perfectly knitted sweaters and delicately blown glass with the “cracked pots”, “tarnished silver”, “Holy, holey sweaters” and “molten” balls of glass with “minds of their own”.    I love Sr. Joan’s consideration of an “inner-active” Advent combined with Gwen’s thoughts on actively and outwardly participating as “co-creators” in bringing about Christmas. 

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We Remembered…We Celebrated…

On the evening of December 16, Notre Dame Community of Andrews warmly welcomed our Congregation of Notre Dame sisters from the surrounding area, who initiated the gathering. Our hearts were burdened with the loss of two more sisters. They came with song sheets, a guitar, a PowerPoint presentation, gifts and delicious refreshments. The names of the six sisters who left us to enter New Life since we moved to Andrews were artistically displayed in the center of our community room: (Sisters Margaret Kelly, Marie Bernice Arsenault, Georgina Hughes, Dorothy McCarron, Alfreda Rogers and Margaret Arsenault). Coming together lifted our spirits and energized us. We remembered fondly those who were no longer physically present with us.

(photo: Sr. Susan Kidd, CND)

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Fourth Week of Advent, December 21, 2014

As I enter into a reflection on the Gospel this 4th Sunday (Luke 1:26-38; The Annunciation Story), I am struck by the walk we have all taken together on this Advent e-journey.   I love all of your juxtapositions of the perfect pottery, polished silver, perfectly knitted sweaters and delicately blown glass with the “cracked pots”, “tarnished silver”, “Holy, holey sweaters” and “molten” balls of glass with “minds of their own”.    I love Sr. Joan’s consideration of an “inner-active” Advent combined with Gwen’s thoughts on actively and outwardly participating as “co-creators” in bringing about Christmas. 

These juxtapositions are so beautifully alive in the Annunciation story.     Mary was invited by God to bring Christ into the world, but was not a passive participant in the story.   Mary’s strength and active role shines through as she ponders, questions and ultimately reaches her own decision in response to the invitation.

Ultimately, the story of the Annunciation is an active story of discernment.    Each of us, from one day to another, lives the story of the Annunciation and is invited in different ways by God to play the roles of the Angel Gabriel and Mary.  As Mary learns of her cousin’s pregnancy, we are also invited to “enter the story” as Elizabeth (Fran Ferder).  Sometimes we are the Angel Gabriel.  Sometimes we are Mary.  Sometimes we are Elizabeth.

(painting of the Visitation by Sr. Andrée Maheu, CND)

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