Fr. Robert Barron’s brief Advent reflection popped into my iOS notifications earlier this week. 

Advent is “a time of waiting” and as creatures “by nature we desire something that is beyond our nature.” A contradiction of the heart that Christ answers definitively through his appearance in history and his offer of relationship.

I’ve been having a difficult year. There has been a lot of good, but increasingly I’ve felt dogged by a loneliness. Advent is a good reminder to be patient, and to remember that love is a gift.