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As we lean into Advent our Mass readings have us ponder the Book of Revelation and the Last Things. In the little book, "The Apocalypse: Warning, Hope and Consolation",  Michael O'Brien sums up our true predicament in this dark age.

" The victory of Christ is the first and final theme of the book of Revelation, and too it must be the first and final word of our own lives. We are not alone, not abandoned to the malice of dark powers and the evil energies of their human agents. Jesus Christ is the Lord of history, and he is the one to whom we must hold fast as we make our way through a dark age. We must do so as little children, with the spirit of the child clinging to his father's hand..."Unless you become as little hildren, you will not enter the Kingdom of God".

The loss of the sense of spiritual fatherhood, and hence the loss of spiritual childhood, are the major voids in the modern world... The entire scriptures end with St. John's response, this voice crying out for the whole Church, "Come, Lord Jesus"."

Revelation and apocalypse for us is not something to be feared but rather to be longed for. It is a kind of Advent season that prepares us for the coming of the Christ Child.

A Friday Reflection from St. Elizabeth Hesselblad
 

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