As we enter this Advent season, the 2022 Advent Reflections is our Advent publication with words from contributors to the Women of Providence publications.
Here is an excerpt for the first week of Advent:
Hope ~Esperanza Providence Reflections
We remain vigilant and awake in these uncertain times of war and deconstruction of structures that need to find a common ground. We can be awake with fear and loss of hope. Or we can be awake with hope
letting go of fear. The call for religious women and associates seems to be to let go and enter an unknown. To do so with a profound trust in God.
Sister Myra Rogers, CDP of Allison Park writes in her reflection “Finding the Gift of Providence in Darkness” from Providence Alive in Us: Ever Unfolding Mystery (2015)
“Often one is not aware that the mystery of the provident God can be found in the darkness even in the midst of strife and discord at the deepest level of the human heart. There the Indiscriminately Gracious One, who lives beyond all imagines, is waiting quietly in the silence of darkness. The pro found belief that God is the absolute mystery of our being, forms the undertow of daily life. This belief engenders confidence that the silent encounter in the deepest recesses of the heart with the God of darkness, the God of absolute mystery, sustains Providence women and men It enables them to stand in the middle of polarities and hold the middle ground, to balance the tension between light and darkness, between alienation and closeness, between starlight and sunlight.” (26)
Praying with Questions
What do we need to stay awake during Advent?
How are we recognizing the undertow of God in our daily lives?
Are you in the darkness in deepest silence or the silence of deepest despair?
How do we hold the polarities and hold the middle ground?
How do we bring about the peace of Advent within ourselves communities, families, friends, and society?
Hope your Advent Season is filled with hope and peace!
Sr. Mary Stanco, HM
Executive Director , Women of Providence in Collaboration