In this season of Advent we are tempted to grow anxious, stressed out and to lose our peace. The peace we only find while being in the presence of Christ.

To live in Christ’s presence we need to live in the present moment.

As St. Therese of Lisieux prayed
” What does it matter, Lord, if the future is bleak! I cannot pray for tomorrow’s needs…keep my heart pure, keep me in your shade, just for today.


Perhaps Our Prayer for this Advent season could be:

St. Therese
Vessel of grace
throughout your brief journey
you entered every moment of life
and embraced it completely-
knowing it was there
that you would encounter the face of God.

You trusted in
Divine protection,
Holy guidance,
and graced nourishment

-just for today-
recognizing that the present
is the only place
where God can be revealed.

How much of my own time is wasted
outside of God’s shade,
worrying about yesterday
and planning for tomorrow.

Release me from these anxieties
and my own need to control…
Free my soul to fly with the Spirit
in each breath that I take,
reminding me that all I have is NOW!