Sunday, December 20, 2009

St. Dominic of Silos, 4th Sunday of Advent

Saint Dominic of Silos

(Santo Domingo de Silos) (1000—December 20, 1073) is a Spanish saint, to whom the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos is dedicated.Dominic was a saint who loved solitude. Christians are called to spend time in solitude, most especially now in this Advent season. Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Very soon our Saviour will be born to us. Are we ready? Maybe today is that time to spend in quiet reflection, on the meaning of this season, on the meaning of the Incarnation, of "God with us."

Last evening we experienced our first snowstorm here in New Jersey.

I love the snow - it makes everything quiet. Maybe today's weather is a gift from God, it tells us to slow down, listen to His words, and dream of heavenly things.

In the words of Thomas Merton:

"Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it."

* Image B-R, My Backyard

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