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Novitiate of the Euro-Mediterranean Province of the Society of Jesus

Advent time: so what?

by Fr. Agostino Caletti – Novice Master

Advent: what does it mean? I make a click and I find one of the many definitions: arrival, coming (already announced). In the Christian tradition, it is the time of four weeks that prepares for Christmas, that is, it evokes, through readings and liturgies, the announcement and the waiting for a saviour. But what does all this have to say to us in the time we live? Certainly our greatest expectation seems to be that the virus will be defeated and we can go back to living as before. But perhaps this time has much more to transmit to us; perhaps it can take us to new horizons. In what way?

One day a person tells me that he feels a bit compressed, because he is used to living life as if he were in a moving car. Now we have to park, get out and try to make those usual routes on foot. You can observe so many things when doing small steps. What a different immersion in reality, which you can finally notice, without running through it. Landscapes; people; different routes; the existence of the poor around us…

This is what Advent opens us up to this year! Taking advantage of this forced slowdown, to give space to what we are living with haste and almost without value any more: time to observe; time to reflect; time for a conversation without a watch in hand; time to give. And, why not, time for a simple daily prayer in which to tell the Lord what I have lived through the day; what the expectations and desires of the heart were today. Perhaps no different from the characters I will find, taking the daily readings of Advent time.

Let us not waste these weeks! Let us not make them just an antechamber of Christmas, but an opportunity to let today’s time speak and to remind ourselves that ours is the God with us.

2020-11-29 Fr. Agostino Caletti

Pray with us!

05 Nov 2020

Every day, at the end of our 8 o’clock mass, our community is praying for the difficulties brought about by the Covid19. We use the following prayer. Unite with us and pray:

Prayer in the time of Covid-19

God, almighty Creator and our Father.
You take no pleasure in destroying the living,
but you created everything for existence.

In your loving plan even the virus has a place.
Help us to welcome this pandemic
as an opportunity for growth.

Welcome all the dead into your Kingdom,
give peace to those who die abandoned and in distress,
comfort those who mourn for their loved ones
and heal the sick.

Grant wisdom to the rulers
and a sense of responsibility to us citizens.
Support the health workers with your strength
and give wisdom to the scientists
in search of treatments and vaccines.
Let the economic crisis be addressed
with solidarity and justice.

Do not let our fears and our selfishness
win in this time of trial,
but increase in us the fruits of your Spirit.

We ask you this through Christ our Lord.

You can find the prayer in PDF format here:
Prayer in the time of Covid-19

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