Let us look to the East!

We are now in Advent: a few weeks, a few days separate us from the beautiful feast of Christmas. A few weeks when we need to re-learn how to prepare our heart for the arrival of the One who comes, light in the midst of our nights, when we must be on our way to Bethlehem.

It is Advent, a propitious moment to the meditation of the first three joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.

The Annunciation: Mary receives the visit of the angel and consents to become the Mother of the Saviour. She shows us the way of total acceptation to God’s project for each one of us.

The Visitation: This time it is Mary who visits Elizabeth. She shows us the way to thanksgiving action. “The Lord has done great things for me!”

The Nativity, finally: Mary gives us her Son in the Bethlehem night. She shows us the way of adoration and invites us to come and see the child, like the shepherds and wise men.

So, Let us take it, this road to the crib and look to the East, where Christians have been so sorely tested lately.

The Master of the Order even makes allusion to this in a recent letter and here is an extract:

In those days when we celebrate the entry into Advent, it is with renewed vigour that we must affirm again our hope in the coming of Him who comes to establish his home among us and to bring peace, (…) In communion with all Christian communities being tested today, in particular those in Iraq, I invite you to propose on this first Sunday of Advent, a time of prayer for peace in your conventual churches and communities. This time could stretch right through Advent and be the occasion of a moment of prayer with the totality of the Dominican family

On the way to Bethlehem, let us look to the East and pray the Prince of Peace… through the Rosary!

Fr. Louis-Marie ARIÑO-DURAND, o.p.

General Promoter of the Rosary