Advent Reflection – week three
With Mary through Advent - to our Schoenstatt Bethlehem
We want to transform our heartshrines, homeshrines into spaces where love, healing and mercy can be tangibly experienced. Father, your Shrine Heart of Love, Healing and Mercy! Then our encounter with the Child in the Crib will be truly a deep and meaningful one! This week the focus is on our mouths –how we use it -the words we utter and consider Mary’s words and responses. . .
MY Queen my Mother, I give myself entirely to you and to show my devotion to you I consecrate to you today my eyes, my ears , my mouth, my heart –my entire self without reserve, as I am your own my good Mother, guard and defend me as your property and your possession, AMEN.
At the beginning of each day we pray our Consecration prayer and read the short reflection. At the end of each day I place a sign in the crib of all attempts to live each day in the spirit of this consecration prayer (successful and unsuccessful attempts could be symbolized through bits of straw in a crib)
ADVENT WEEK THREE : Light your third advent candle
Sunday The: Divine Word and the human word
REFLECTION: The Divine Word was made flesh with the response of Mary’s word –her YES! “I am the handmaid of the Lord , let be done unto to me according to His WORD. Drawn down by humility and complete self –surrender the Diviine Word leapt from the eternal throne and made His home in her heart. The dignity of the spoken word lies in this mind-boggling exchange between heaven and earth. Mary’s words unleashed the miracle of all miracles –God becoming man for our sakes. We can reflect on the impact of our words- does it unleash new possibilities for someone, maybe a new beginning? New hope and courage? Tonight I shall place in the crib those spoken words that might have set someone free.
Monday: The excesses of the mouth
REFLECTION: Our mouths may speak words of love, healing and mercy or words of contempt and anger. We may eat too much, drink too much or even swear too much or simply speak too much. We know how hard it is to guard the tongue and the untold damage that it can do to others. A loose tongue needs disciplining. During advent we may want to cultivate an awareness of our careless speaking and embrace more silences in the course of the day. Let us be honest about how often we say things without thinking and the hurt that it can cause. Tonight we want to place in the crib an attempt to curb some excess, some indulgence. We want to offer this to the Christ-child.
Tuesday: Speaking out and keeping silent
REFLECTION: We all need the wisdom to know when to speak out and when to keep silent. It takes courage to speak truth to power and in many cases we omit to do so because we fear the consequences. Mary was not afraid to ask for clarification. Fr. Kentenich although obedient to the Church was not afraid to speak about the difficulties in the Church. We know all too well what happens when there is a complicit silence about corruption and the lack of transparency. Being silent when my words are needed to make things right can be a sin of omission. This evening I shall place in the crib an attempt at speaking out in the right place about an injustice or place an attempt to keep silent for the sake of the greater good.
Wednesday: Words that wound and destroy
Thursday: Superficial Words
Friday: Words of blessing