In response to yesterday’s post on Advent and compassion, my nun Sister Rose Carmel shared a bit of wisdom that she had just received from a retreat with Fr. Helfrich. He had the retreatants ask themselves three questions for Advent.

  1. What have you given up on? (Not “What are you giving up?”)
  2. What are you looking forward to?
  3. What are you about? (The question asked three men hauling wheelbarrows. The first says “Can’t you see I’m hauling rocks?!” The second: “I’m earning food for my wife and children.” The third: “I’m building a cathedral.”)

Blessings on all for a fruitful Advent.