A message from the Vice-President Father Anthony Casamento.
The Church has entered into the Season of Advent, with the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent. During Advent there are three prevalent themes we see as we wait patiently for the coming of Jesus the Christ. We long for the Messiah, are urged to be alert for Jesus’ second coming, and meditate on His presence in our lives now.
The Scripture readings for the four weeks of Advent revolve around the first two of these themes. They encourage proper preparation, point to the grace and humility of Mary, show us how to adore God in the Incarnation, and recognize the glory of Jesus and how he frees us from sin and ingratitude. We hear from the prophet Isaiah and are drawn to the compelling message of John the Baptist in the Gospels.
It is important for us to consider how we can grow in spiritual wholeness during such a busy commercial season. During this special season I would encourage you to take time for silence and reflection each day with Scripture, a devotional prayer, or with an Advent calendar. Dwell with the scene of the Nativity. What is it like to imagine the journey of Mary and Joseph and to be with them as the baby Jesus comes into the world?
Across our campuses Campus Ministry together with ACU Engagement are organising Reverse Advent Calendars – where instead of receiving gifts, we donate to them to promote the act of self-giving for those in our communities that do it tough at this time of year. A number of charities across our campuses have been chosen and information about what you can donate and where is available from our Campus Ministry and ACU Engagement team members.
My hope for our University community this year is that Advent is when we can really settle into our spiritual life, by finding joy in the season and less stress in Christmas.
“Holy Spirit of God, open our hands, our eyes, our ears, all our senses, and all of our hearts so we will be ready to receive your Advent blessings”