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  Advent Wreath

Year of Faith: Advent


December 9, 2012
Jillian DeFina
Sophomore, Psychology


Baruch 5:1-9
Psalm 126: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 (3)
Philippians 1: 4-6, 8-11
Luke 3: 1-6


In today’s Gospel reading, the main focus is on the act of repentance and the invitation to prepare the way of the Lord. The message I received after reading this passage from Luke 3:1-6 is that if we ask God for guidance during a time of need and are truly remorseful of our sins, He will make his presence known to us and help us bear the weight of our cross. While at Neumann, I am committed to attending daily noonday Mass and Sunday night Mass. This has helped me consistently to be in the presence of God. This experience also gives me the strength I need to handle the obstacles I face on a daily basis. Attending Mass every day makes me feel like I get an opportunity to have a clean slate by asking God to forgive all of my wrong doings. Daily Mass helps me prepare the way of the Lord.


I was recently diagnosed with compartment syndrome, which restricts me from sprinting and running long distances and brings me a great deal of pain every day. This has greatly impacted my ability to play field hockey. Field hockey is something in my life that means a lot to me. I am extremely passionate about it. In the beginning, I was angry and upset, repeatedly asking God why this had to happen to me. I was also living in great fear of what would come next. I knew surgery would be in my future. As I continued to strengthen my relationship with God, I started to look at this situation very differently. I used to take something as simple as walking for granted, and now I wake up feeling incredibly blessed to have another day on this earth with good health and my amazing family and friends. Every day I am remorseful for ever questioning the path which God has lead me and now I thank Him for blessing me with so much more than I deserve. This diagnosis has taught me that “the winding roads shall be made straight and the rough ways made smooth…” trusting in God, seeking forgiveness and daily following the way of the Lord.

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