Our Lady of Guadalupe | Polychrome wood statue | Artist: Felix Lopez – Española, New Mexico | Donor: Thomas Turriff and family, in memory of Joanne Turriff, Norbertine Associate
Season of Advent
Advent is a time of hope, expectancy, and yearning, yet most of our time and thoughts revolve around parties and frantic shopping. St. Norbert Abbey offers a number of opportunities to step away from the frenzied pace of the season to focus on the true meaning of Advent.
Our Lady of Guadalupe | Polychrome wood statue | Artist: Felix Lopez – Española, New Mexico | Donor: Thomas Turriff and family, in Memory of Joanne Turriff, Norbertine Associate
The Virgin Mary of Guadalupe belongs in a special way to Advent. Like Mary’s great hymn of praise, the Magnificat, the story and image of Guadalupe proclaims to us the Good News of our salvation in Christ, the good news of God who scatters the proud, exalts the lowly, fills the hungry with good things, and remembers the promises to Abraham and his children forever.
The story and image of Guadalupe are really about incarnation, about the Word becoming flesh, the incarnation of the Gospel, the good news of God’s salvation among us here in this land of the Americas.
The feast is about who we are, who we are to become as Church in the world, a mestizo, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-cultural Church.
Mary of Guadalupe, pregnant with the Incarnate Word about to be born, belongs to Advent for the simple reason that her Son seeks always to be born anew in us. For she—like John the Baptist who prepares the way for Christ—comes as God’s messenger, inviting us to give him a home in which to be born again among us this year and every year.