Advent: What Are You Waiting For?

An Advent retreat: "What are you waiting for?" — a time for music, reflection and silence that leads us into the heart of Advent. Facilitated by Sean Mulrooney, Professor of Philosophy, St. Augustine's Seminary and Regis College. Hosted by Faith Connections, Henri Nouwen Society, Office of Catholic Youth, St. Basil's Parish, USMC Campus Ministry, Ryerson Catholics, UOIT/DC Catholic Chaplaincy, UTM Catholic Chaplaincy, in Toronto at the Henri Nouwen Society on November 26, 2016.

Waiting in Expectation

by Henri Nouwen, from Bread for the Journey

Waiting patiently for God always includes joyful expectation. Without expectation our waiting can get bogged down in the present. When we wait in expectation our whole beings are open to be surprised by joy.

All through the Gospels Jesus tells us to keep awake and stay alert. And Paul says, “Brothers and sisters... the moment is here for you to stop sleeping and wake up, because by now our salvation is nearer than when we first began to believe. The night is nearly over, daylight is on the way; so let us throw off everything that belongs to the darkness and equip ourselves for the light” (Romans 13:11-12). It is this joyful expectation of God’s coming that offers vitality to our lives. The expectation of the fulfillment of God’s promises to us is what allows us to pay full attention to the road on which we are walking.