This mistress has been a "kept woman." Her lover has provided everything that he thought would keep her happy: sexual pleasure, the feeling of being desired, amusement, wealth, and fancy things. He has set her up within a hired room of luxury. Yet the cat hidden under the table with a trapped bird in its paws, the clock kept under glass on the piano, the absence of a ring on her finger, and the discarded glove and the tangled yarn on the floor suggest that there is something false and doleful to the promise of this worldly "gentleman."
The woman springs forward. She has seen something in the sunlit garden. She is no longer looking at the light indirectly as through the mirror behind her. Now she sees plainly and honestly. A spiritual light has awakened her conscience. How that light often comes in unexpected but powerful ways. It has excited within her the hope of dignity and freedom. A new, truer Lover has called to her and her heart leaps at His summons.
The season of Advent bids us to awaken. Let the light come deep within you. Ask God to show you where your conscience has been kept in the dark. Then leap up toward the light.
Nativity of Mary and our neighboring parishes offer the following opportunities for our Lord to awaken you to holy freedom and dignity through the Sacrament of Confession in this Season of Advent:
Pax Christi – Tuesday, December 6 at 7pm
St Richard – Saturday, December 10 at 10 am
St Peter – Saturday, December 10 at 10:30 am
St Bonaventure – Sunday, December 11 at 4pm
St Edward – Tuesday, December 20 from 4-6pm
Wednesday, December 21 from 11-1pm
Thursday, December 22 and Friday, December 23 from 10-12pm
Nativity of Mary – Thursday, December 1 at 9:45am. Individual confessions with Fr. Zehren every Saturday from 2:30-3:30 pm, every Wednesday in Advent from 4-6pm and every Sunday of Advent from 9:45-10:15 am. Confessions are also always available by appointment (or even walk-in or whenever you can catch me).