A verse we know of so well being a Waldorf inspired home at this time of year…

‘The first light of Advent is the light of stone–.

Light that lives in crystals, seashells, and bones.

The second light of Advent is the light of plants–

Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.

The third light of Advent is the light of beasts–

All await the birth, from the greatest and in least.

The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind–

The light of hope that we may learn to love and understand.” Rudolf Steiner.

I’ve had many message me and ask as a Catholic how I include this in my advent celebrations. For me it’s very simple, it is a very simple and beautiful way of reflecting on the world God has created, from the very rocks and minerals which have fused together to form this beautiful planet we live on, to the plants and trees which build its habitats, the creation of the most beautiful array of animals - to us human beings - all leading us to the one who’s coming we celebrate on Christmas Day, Christ. The light of the world.

Steiner said about the Christmas festival..

“The birth of the light will be followed by life in the light. Christians, therefore, should not see in the Christmas festival something that passes. It is not a memorial festival commemorating what has occurred in the past. The Christmas message does not say, “Christ has been born, Christ was born.” It says, “Today Christ is born.” Today is always emphasized. This is significant. The emphasis on today should be understood in the sense in which Christ has spoken, “I am with you always even unto the end of days.” This confronts us anew each year and reveals to us the connection between man and the heavens.” (From Signs and Symbols of the Christian Festival, Lecture One)

I shared this image last year of a simple tradition that can sit alongside your Christmas wreath. One which reflects on the world around us. A world where Christ is ever present and we reflect on the mysteries and wonder of him coming to be.

Wishing you all an amazing second week of advent, is it me or is the time just flying by so quickly?

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🕊 I know there may be some out there with these feelings, so I wanted to put this post out there today for those of you who need it!

This time of year, when I expect to be close to him, to God, in celebration of Christ’s birth. I often don’t. 🤦🏼‍♀️

In days gone by this was often a source of great spiritual loneliness for me, of emptiness. Why when I focused so much on him did he not feel like he was there? How can a God who is ever loving always there feel so absent? How is that fair?

Then one day it hit me. When thinking about love, about marriage and all the in between - as beings made in Gods image we were created in love, not for the feeling or emotion of love, but the very act of love itself.

When we look at our very human relationships, that act of love isn’t in always in the ‘feeling’ it’s in loving when loving can feel hard, when we don’t necessarily feel close to or with someone. It’s choosing to love someone and give love despite how loving that person makes you feel.

“Love is sometimes filled with affection. This “affect” of love is, of course, a welcome gift whenever it is given. But true love needs to be more than affection, it is meant to be effective. This means that love is meant to “move.” It is meant to be a choice. It is more than a feeling (thank you, Boston), and reaches a certain degree of perfection when we choose to love in the absence of the positive feelings we get…. true love becomes an even greater gift when we love the other for their own sake, not for anything we get from loving them “ Fr Michael Schmitz

Our relationship with the Lord is no different.

God is ever present and ever loving, and when we feel his love that is amazing! When we feel close to him it is the most wonderful feeling we can have, when God sits back and allows that distance, it’s allowing us to really step into that act of love, and to love him for the true act of selfless love, to love him for who he is and not alone on what joy he gives.

Love, something so human, so real and tangible is something which is also divine, and in realising this simple fact of love, those absences no longer feel like a spiritual black hole for me, they feel fruitful.