Advent Waiting in Faith, Love, and Hope

I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
Whisper of running streams, and winter lightning.
The wild thyme unseen and the wild strawberry,
The laughter in the garden, echoed ecstasy 
Not lost, but requiring, pointing to the agony
Of death and birth. 

– T.S. Eliot, excerpt from “East Coker”, Four Quartets

Starting on January 12, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an online series on the poetry of T.S. Eliot with Kayleen Asbo. To learn more and/or register our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

Advent Waiting at the Threshold

The earth is full of thresholds where beauty awaits the wonder of our gaze.

– John O’Donohue

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Advent Waiting in Hope

And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flames are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.

T.S. Eliot, The Little Gidding

Starting on January 12, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an online series on the poetry of T.S. Eliot with Kayleen Asbo. To learn more and/or register our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

Advent Waiting while We Weep

No wonder the prophet weeps yet –
We begin again but not innocent…
And we feebly watch for you and wait.
Teach us how to weep while we wait.
and how to hope while we weep,
and how to care while we hope.

– Walter Brueggemann, “Teach Us How to Weep” in Awed to heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann

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Advent Waiting in Darkness

On the Feast of St. Lucy

After the kingfisher’s wing
Has answered light to light, 
And is silent,
The light is still
At the still point of the turning world.
― T.S. Eliot, from “Burnt Norton”

We don’t actually have kingfishers in our garden here, but Photoshop helps!

A Starting on January 12, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an online series on the poetry of T.S. Eliot with Kayleen Asbo. To learn more and/or register our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

Advent Waiting with Our Lady of Guadalupe

Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you, disturb you.

 – words of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego on Mount Tepeyac in 1531

At Santa Sabina Center we await the time we can reopen for in-person retreats and can welcome you. To learn more and/or register our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

Advent Waiting without Anxiety

Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity
― 
T.S. Eliot

Starting on January 12, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an online series on the poetry of T.S. Eliot with Kayleen Asbo. To learn more and/or register our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

Advent Waiting for What We Will Never See

Let us plant dates even though those who plant them will never see them. We must live by the love of what we will never see. This is the secret discipline. It is a refusal to let the creative act be dissolved away in immediate sense experience, and a stubborn commitment to the future of our grandchildren. Such disciplined love is what has given prophets, revolutionaries, and saints the courage to die for the future they envisaged. They make their own bodies the seed of their own highest hope.

– Rubem Alves, Tomorrow’s Child, quoted by Don Goergen, OP

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Advent Waiting for This Moment

Advent Waiting for This Moment

Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act. 

– Paulo Coelho

Photo by Margaret Diener, OP

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Advent Waiting while Listening

The opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting. 

– Fran Lebowitz

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