Week One, let us consider what has led us to this Holy Season and what it implies about the God Who will soon visit us:
He prepared for the possibility of my existence through the unthinkably long evolution of the world. He desired that the world find its meaning in me as in no other. He laid the foundations of the motives and capacities of my being through long series of generations. He created me with the cooperation of my parents, and surrounded me with watchful care. He bore with my follies. He made me free to choose between good and evil. With His quiet glance, unwavering judgement and divine regard for freedom, He looked on while I went astray. He heard my resolutions--countless, always broken, renewed, and eventually abandoned. He saw how I spent my time, my capacity for loving, my powers of action, on all kinds of things, restless, unstable, constant in one thing only--my avoidance of what was truly important ... This could be continued at length, and whoever once starts this train of thought would follow it through and carry it into the inmost recesses of his heart (Romano Guardini).
Keep this searing truth in mind this week, and thereby muster a similar patience towards those in our family, our workplaces, our communities--especially as we prepare the mundane and necessary details to celebrate the Holy Feast fast approaching. Women, as builders of culture and icons of the Church, have a balancing act, certainly! But if we're grounded in the truths about God and ourselves, our priorities should be in order and our charity more forthcoming. We're in this together!