‘Let the wilderness and the dry-lands exult, let the wasteland rejoice and loom, let it bring forth flowers like the jonquil, let it rejoice and sing for joy.’
Why not compare the season of Advent to aging? Advent is a time to realise that our time for action is shorter than we think. Being suddenly aware of our aging means that we have less life left, shorter with our previous letting time carelessly flow by.
Advent is good news. It assures us that there is a reawakening, which can be followed by a recapitulation of the essence of our life. We can regain the lost focus of our plans, dreams, and actions. Still, we can recuperate our vigour. May be not in terms of doing what we missed but reconnecting them with their essence. Prayer and repentance. Strength for prayer, and if possible, for action, will surely follow.
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..