Sharing: Advent Reflections with Father Robert Barron

From Advent Reflections with Father Robert Barron:
In this first week of Advent, we’ve focused on the spirituality of waiting, which is so evident throughout Christian tradition.
One example is St. Ignatius of Loyola. Relatively late in life, Ignatius realized he was being called by God to do great things. But before he found his path he passed through a wide variety of experiences in the course of many years: a time of stark asceticism and prayer at Manresa; wandering to the Holy Land and back while living hand-to-mouth and sleeping in doorways; taking elementary courses in Paris alongside young kids; gathering a small band of followers and leading them through the Spiritual Exercises. Only at the end of this long sojourn – founding the Company of Jesus, the Jesuits – did he realize the great thing God called him to do.The theme of waiting is also on display in Dante’s Purgatorio. Dante and Virgil encounter a number of souls who slouch at the foot of the mountain of Purgatory. They are destined to make the climb to heaven, but are compelled, for the time being, to wait. How long? As long as God determines.
Like Ignatius and the slouchers in Purgatory, we wait. Although most of us are in a hurry, God calls us to a period of anticipation for the newborn King.

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4 thoughts on “Sharing: Advent Reflections with Father Robert Barron

  1. Time is a curious spiritual construct. Possibly one of the cornerstones of spiritual learning. Waiting, when the kingdom of God is within us, as Jesus said makes no sense, until you realize that even God unfolds creation in his own sacred time, why should our unfoldment be any different. No one plants a watermelon seed expecting to eat the succulent fruit the next day. Everything has its right timing.

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    • I completely agree and thank you for stopping by and commenting.It is interesting languages such as biblical Hebrew and the Hopi language don’t contain time relative tense. Each day is referred to more as a new start, not time moving forward. Perhaps God gives us the time to interact with those He has placed in our path, giving us the chance to learn to live His call to love others as we love ourselves. He is patient and gives us ‘time”, but only as we have decided time is measured, not as He has. Blessings to you.

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  2. Very true. I also think that what we seek is like a drop in a great lake. We say, “Why is this not here yet?” Not realizing that, that one thing encompasses so much in terms of our beingness, our relationships and our growth. We think in terms of objects and events, rather than personal evolution. Spirit is raining down drops on us steadily, while we complain there is a drought.

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