Dear Ursuline Family,
To wait open-endedly is an enormously radical attitude toward life. So is to trust that something will happen to us that is far beyond our imaginings. So too, is giving up control over our future and letting God define our life, trusting that God molds us according to God’s love and not according to our fear. The spiritual life is a life in which we wait, actively present to the moment, trusting that new things will happen to us, new things that are far beyond our own imagination, fantasy, or predication. -Henry Nouwen
What a wonderful Advent message as we prepare again to welcome God’s gift of love, his Son, Jesus, into our hearts and lives. The Advent season is one of preparation for the coming of Jesus. Through the giving of His Son, God opens the door to salvation and eternal life for all of us. He not only loves us, but he gives us the greatest gift humans could ever want: the hope of one day spending eternity with Him. Jesus reveals to us that we each are a part in God’s great plan for humanity. So, Advent is a time of change, a time of preparation, and a time of new beginnings and hope.
On behalf of the Academy, please accept my warmest wishes for a joyous and blessed Christmas and a truly wonderful new year.
Yours in Christ,
Gretchen Z. Kane