On December 12th, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications called for live moments of silence during these days of Advent.
The encounter with the Lord has many facets. Being personal, it is always also of the community; it happens in solitude and silence, but also in a privileged way in liturgical celebrations and in family life. It is nourished by dialogue and community prayer, expressed in song, in catechesis and ends in action and service.
I am taking the next two weeks to reflect, contemplate, and pray.
I am going to reflect on this past year. A lot has happened in the past 365 days. A lot of it was bad, really bad, but the good parts were extraordinarily good. It’s time to reflect, in silence, and be thankful for everything that’s happened, the good as well as the bad.
I am going to contemplate the year to come. With all the adversity of the previous year behind us, it’s time to contemplate the days ahead. The blessings in our life are enormous and it’s time to get my head in the game so to speak. It never hurts to sit back, relax, and listen to God for a while. I know if I listen more, I won’t be prone to make mistakes or be more likely to fall victim to the evils of this world.
I am going to pray about the future which is yet to come. I have grown closer to God, and I can feel the change within me. It’s good for me, my wife, my children, and my entire family. I pray that my future, as well as yours, is filled with God’s grace.
That is why, on this feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I would like to invite you, precisely as men and women communicators, to enjoy once more the experience of encountering Christ. I invite you to live moments of silence during these days of Advent, to hear Jesus’ voice who speaks to our heart.
I’ll be back January 1. I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. I hope to see you when I return.