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In Advent, look to the prayer of the Church

At Charlotte Was Both, Amy Welborn suggested that during Advent, we should remember that we are not just individuals, but part of the Church. “When Jesus promised the presence of the Spirit, he did not take individuals aside and say, “I’m sending you the Paraclete. And you – over there, let me talk to you. I’m sending you the Paraclete as well,” Welborn wrote.

So if we want to be open to the Holy Spirit during Advent, we should remember that “The Spirit dwells in the Word of God and in the prayer of the Church.” The trick during Advent is “to keep it simple”: start with the liturgy, at least with the daily Mass readings.

Welborn said she had never taken time to meditate on the daily readings and thought “Well, that was a waste of time.” Our yearnings are met by the liturgy of the Church, because as St Paul says, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness.”

A clever silence, or the work of providence?

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