It is always a significant and special moment when I come to the final prayers in the liturgical year, close the fourth volume of the Liturgy of the Hours and pick up the first volume to celebrate Advent and Christmastide! I always reflect for a few moments on the year that has passed. For me, this involved the loss of a job and a significant portion of my income, but then the provision of God in the form of a new job (thanks be to God!). I have learned to depend more fully on God during a year that brought financial challenges, health difficulties, and other sorrows common to the human condition.
I could not have anticipated all that was going to happen in the year ahead, when I closed volume four of the LOTH just before last Advent. And, of course, I cannot imagine what lies in store for me during this new liturgical year. But I go forward in faith, looking to the hills whence cometh my help (Psalm 121:1), knowing that He will guard my comings and goings (Psalm 121:8) during this new liturgical year.
I have been looking forward all week to watching the EWTN broadcast of the Vespers for the start of Advent from the Vatican. It will be starting soon and I can’t wait!
I am particularly thankful for having found the Catholic Answers Forum. I stumbled across it quite by accident recently, and it has been such a tremendous blessing!
I wish all of you a joyous and blessed Advent and Christmas Season!