When you ring the bell to enter their dwelling, the outer door buzzes to allow entrance. Since the sisters are cloistered, you never see them. From a veiled alcove comes the sweet voice of one of the sisters..."Deo Gratia." After greeting the sister, I ask to visit the chapel on the second floor. The sisters are so trusting, and they have never hesitated to allow me entrance.
Walking through the halls leading to the chapel, I can feel the peace. The chapel is simple, yet beautiful. As I enter, I can almost hear the silence ...strange play on words, I know. Yet, I know of no other way to describe it. It's as if the silence is all encompassing. With it comes a feeling of tranquility. Today I happened to be there when the sisters were praying the "hours." I could hear them singing....pure voices lilting throughout the halls. The reason I tell you about these nuns is because I think they are perfect examples of trust....sacrifice....and selflessness, their days spent in prayer for others.
As we begin our Advent journey, can we open our hearts and minds to trust? to making sacrifices? to selflessness? all with excited anticipation for the "Birth" which will soon occur.
Blessings and love ....