One of the things about the Advent Season that seems particularly important to me is the reminder that Advent is a season of hope. During Advent we hope for the second coming of Christ, and we await the Christmas Day celebrations of the birth of Jesus. Our children’s eyes tell us the story of hope. As they talk about the Baby Jesus being born, and they hear the stories of Advent and Christmas they are filled with wonder and hope. I have experienced 39 Advents through the eyes of my children (and now my grandchildren). I am not a patient person. When I was at Children’s hospital with a sick child, mourning the loss of a parent, or worrying about a son deployed to Iraq, it was tough for me to wait – to believe that there was any hope to be had. Each year, though, I was rescued by the time Christmas arrived. I found the hope I needed in the eyes of my children, in the songs and prayers of the season, and in the traditions of our Church. At Mass on each of those 39 Christmas Eves I was reminded that there is no way to see the Light unless you have passed through the darkness. I was reminded that Jesus has promised us that He will come – and that He always does.
If you’re struggling to find the hope of this Season; if it feels like things will never get right for you or your family, take a minute to listen to your children. Ask them what Advent is all about, and borrow some of their hope for a while. See the light in their eyes, and know that no matter how difficult things are, Christ’s Light is shining for you. Advent is a time of waiting and preparing. Keep at it, and you will see.
Mr. Charles Hamm, father of Bernadette and Elizabeth, has created a beautiful wooden cross for our gym. We will bless the cross tomorrow morning during our assembly. Mr. Hamm does beautiful woodwork, including building exquisite furniture. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, Mr. Hamm for our beautiful cross!
“Hope anchors the soul.” Hebrews 6:19
CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS:
2 School Mass, 9:00am
3 Breakfast with Santa, 9:00am
Christmas Trees go on sale! 9am – 6pm
6 Band and Choir Concert, 7:00pm
7 Strategic Planning Committee, 6:00pm
Home and School Association Meeting is cancelled.
8 School Mass, 9:00am
9 Mass, noon
13 Reception for the family of Alessandro Carbanaro, OLOL class of 1993, LMC
15 Parent – Administration Coffee, 8:45am – 9:45am – Please join us!
16 Mass, noon
20 Christmas Pageant, Church, 6:30pm (Please note: This is a time change!)
21 Delayed opening – School begins at 9:00am,
Half-day, dismissal at 12:10pm, NO ASC
Christmas Vacation Begins
3 School resumes
Mrs. McGann, Principal
OLOL Wednesday Words by Patricia McGann is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.