“Come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!”  – Isaiah 2:5

Frequently, I write out a daily “to do” list, only to be pulled in many other ways. I laugh that those other directions were written in invisible ink!!

I’ve learned that God is forever forming and offering opportunities through encounters with “the other” as Pope Francis reminds us.

My initial response to these readings is the challenge to be alert. Alert to the Holy Spirit’s invite to “walk in the light of the Lord” in a variety of relationships.

My faith journey has been an ever-widening understanding of God’s presence – with the Brothers, with adolescent students, with adults in a variety of faith communities, in chaplaincy providing and receiving spiritual care and support.

In honesty, there are times I wonder where God is! The lyrics “hold on through the night” become my prayer when I wonder what the heck I am doing in a situation.

Grace invites me to be present, be open, keep showing up! It’s not what I do, but what God does with me along the way for the good of others.

Like Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, and others, we must trust.

This Advent begins with the exhortation “to be alert for the Son Of Man will come in ways that you least expect.”

The Fundamental Principles tell us – we are “formed by God, through the common ordinary, unspectacular flow of everyday life.”

Lord, may we walk in Your light and be alert!


Brother Kenney Gorman, C.F.X.

To view the full Advent 2022 booklet in English, click here.

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