I'm feeling the need to have a slower pace these days... emptier schedules, less distractions. more time to just be. no rushing, no obligations, just being together. soaking up our little family.
as we know, these days are precious.
we cannot predict tomorrow.
but we can live in the present... hug our children close, tell our family we love them. never waste the day!
we've been spending some much needed time with my sister who has flown in from Germany, celebrating Kenji's birthday, preparing for Christmas... but my heart has been heavy. I thought I would share this excerpt from Father Ryan's homily this last Sunday where he spoke about hope and light in the midst of darkness. These are good words for right now...
My friends in Christ, on this Advent Sunday, in the midst of a world with problems and challenges both agonizing and seemingly unsolvable, a world where glimpses of light are all too quickly eclipsed by darkness, in this vastly imperfect world of ours and of these vastly imperfect lives of ours, there is still room for hope -- great hope, because God's love has always been more powerful than even the greatest of human evils and it always will be.
Advent dares to speak of light in the midst of darkness, hope for the world in the face of a tiny child, hope for the world in faces like yours and mine. Hemingway once wrote that "life breaks all of us, but some people grow at the broken places." May the Body of Jesus broken for us in this Eucharist bring healing to all our broken places, and hope to broken hearts, and to our broken world. - Fr Ryan