Ave Maria MeditationsThe spirit of Advent largely consists in living close to Our Lady during this time when she is carrying Jesus in her womb. We can think of the whole of our life as a somewhat longer advent, a time of waiting for that definitive moment when we will at last find ourselves with God forever. The Christian knows that he has to live this advent beside Our Lady every day of his life if he wants to be certain of attaining the only thing in the whole of his existence that is really important which is finding Christ in this life, and afterwards being with Him in eternity.
There’s no better way of preparing for Christmas which is now so close, then by keeping Mary company, getting to know her and deepening our love and trust in her. Mary imparts a great joy to our souls because when we turn to her, she leads us to Christ. Mary teaches us to hope.
Fr. Francis Fernandez