I just downloaded the Kindle edition of Advent of the Heart: Seasonal Sermons and Prison Writings 1941-1944 by Fr. Alfred Delp. Fr. Delp was imprisoned by the Nazis and held in solitary confinement. He was tortured and executed on February 2,1945. While imprisoned he wrote brief meditations and was able to smuggle them out of prison.
He was handcuffed as he wrote,
More and on a deeper level than before, we really know this time that all of life is Advent.
What a profound statement. In the season of Advent we are called to be watchful. To be awake and prepared as we wait for the coming of the Bridegroom. But Fr. Delp, writes,
Advent is a time of being deeply shaken, so that man will wake up to himself. The prerequisite for a fulfilled Advent is a renunciation of the arrogant gestures and tempting dreams with which, and in which, man is always deceiving himself…
Yes. It is time to wake up, to pray, repent, and turn our hearts and minds to the Lord as we wait in joyful hope.
Wow I think I will have to use that for next week’s RCIA lesson on Four Last Things! A little more uplifting than Dante but still on point.