The expectant, brooding days of Advent are here. We slow our pace and quiet our minds. We rest in God’s embrace, opening our hearts to hear God’s words for us. We have come to a time when we, as a community of faith, bring to God through prayer the needs and sorrows and failures of the whole world, as well as the fears and worries we harbor in our hearts. It is a time when our fears are replaced by God’s peace that exceeds our human understanding. May this be a holy time, sisters, an incubating time when you are made hale, healthy and whole.