“I wish to prepare for Your coming
with the burning desires of the prophets and the just
who in the Old Testament sighed after You,
the one Savior and Redeemer. . . . .
O Lord, send Him whom You are going to send. . . . .
As you have promised, come and deliver us!
I want to keep Advent in my soul, that is,
a continual longing and waiting for this great Mystery wherein You,
O Word, become flesh to show me
the abyss of Your redeeming, sanctifying mercy.
O sweetest Jesus, You come to me with Your infinite love
and the abundance of Your grace;
You desire to engulf my soul in torrents of mercy
and charity in order to draw it to You.”
“Come, O Lord, come! I, too, wish to run to You with love,
but alas! my love is so limited, weak, and imperfect!
Make it strong and generous; enable me to overcome myself,
so that I can give myself entirely to You.”
– from “Divine Intimacy” – Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, O.C.D.