Let the Lord Enter Your Life

Posted by Diane M. Houdek on Nov 28, 2018 5:00:00 AM

Pope Francis is framed by the Christmas tree as he leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)Pope Francis has proven to be a trusted guide in dealing with the stress of the Christmas season and the anxiety of daily life in general. In his apostolic exhortation Rejoice and Be Glad, he puts his finger on the dangers of a frenetic quest for happiness: “The presence of constantly new gadgets, the excitement of travel and an endless array of consumer goods at times leave no room for God’s voice to be heard. We are overwhelmed by words, by superficial pleasures and by an increasing din, filled not by joy but rather by the discontent of those whose lives have lost meaning. How can we fail to realize the need to stop this rat race and to recover the personal space needed to carry on a heartfelt dialogue with God? Finding that space may prove painful but it is always fruitful. Sooner or later, we have to face our true selves and let the Lord enter.”

—from the book Simple Gifts: Daily Reflections for Advent

Simple Gifts: Daily Reflections for Advent

Categories: Advent, Christmas, simplicity, mindfulness, Pope Francis