“Advent is the time of promise; it is not yet the time of fulfillment. We are still in the midst of everything and in the logical inexorability and relentlessness of destiny.… Space is still filled with the noise of destruction and annihilation, the shouts of self-assurance and arrogance, the weeping of despair and helplessness. But round about the horizon the eternal realities stand silent in their age-old longing. There shines on them already the first mild light of the radiant fulfillment to come. From afar sound the first notes as of pipes and voices, not yet discernable as a song or melody. It is all far off still, and only just announced and foretold. But it is happening, today.”
Quote: Advent of the Heart: Seasonal Sermons And Prison Writings 1941-1944
Image: David Kanigan
2 thoughts on “Advent I – the first mild light…”
Just read the Wiki page for Fr. Alfred Delp. What an inspirational and heroic human being. Thank you Carrie for bringing an awareness of this person into my life.
Thanks, Michael. He was heroic and insightful.