Wise Words for an Inspirational Advent

Wise Words for an Inspirational Advent

Date published: Dec. 14, 2016

O Come Divine Messiah! As we prepare for the birth of our Lord, we delve into the season of Advent with enthusiasm and anticipation. Sr. Yolanda Cruz and professors Marti Jewell, D.Min. and Dan Luby, S.T.L., S.T.D., all weighed in with their advice for living the season of Advent with the utmost devotion.

What is your advice for living out the Advent season as a Christian?

Cruz: Gather with family to pray for others! Give to the needy, look for places that help the marginalized and help out. Focus on waiting and preparing for celebrating Christ, not on "gift giving."

Jewell: Listen to one another and listen for God's invitation to new life.

Luby: Think and talk with loved ones about what people really want from the season — not stuff but more meaningful, lasting gifts. Find ways to be up before dawn so you can really experience the darkness and the advent of the sun, and alter some daily routines — your route to work, menus, morning or night time patterns, etc. — to invite mindfulness and silence.

Share with us one of your favorite traditions for the Advent season:

Cruz: Daily prayers around the Advent wreath!

Jewell: Singing "O Come Emmanuel"

Luby: Advent wreath; Lucy Buns for Dec. 13.

Is there a book or reading material you would suggest  for spiritual reflection this Advent season?

Cruz: Short daily reflections such as those offered from "Magnificat."

Luby: John Shea's Starlight, or the Advent portions of John Lynch's book length poem on Mary, A Woman Wrapped in Silence.

Is there a way we can practice the spiritual or corporal works of mercy in preparation for Christmas?

Cruz: Find a family in need to anonymously offer your spiritual and/or material support.

Jewell: Care for the sick — Christmas is very difficult for many people and a friendly hand can make a real difference.

Luby: Feed the hungry via food banks, “Meals on Wheels,” etc. — or in your own home by inviting lonely, difficult people for a meal. Comfort the sorrowful — grief, loneliness, isolation are all sorrows which the "required gaiety" of the secular season underscores. Invite a grieving friend or isolated neighbor to share your table and conversation without expectation of recompense.

Thank you, professors Cruz, Jewell, and Luby! May we all find the grace to prepare our hearts for the birth of our savior.

News

Meet the Class of 2023: Incoming Drama Major Will Direct, Write

Aspiring drama (and perhaps also English) major Klemens Raab, BA '23, has been hanging around UD his whole life, since he only lives about a mile away from the university's Irving campus, and his parents (Klemens, BA '00 MA '06, and Gina (LeBaron), BA '99) are both alumni. He's already experienced the Rome campus, too, having participated in the summer High School Rome Program Shakespeare in Italy last year.

+ Read More

Alumna Joins UD Board of Trustees

The University of Dallas Board of Trustees has added another alumna to its ranks: Mary Devlin Capizzi, BA '88 MBA '89, a one-time Spanish major who is now a partner at Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP, a national, full-service law firm founded in Philadelphia in 1849.

+ Read More

Capstone Professor Celebrates Half a Century

"I ended up at UD by accident," said Professor of Management Bruce Evans, who has taught at UD for 50 years now. Half a century ago, he and his brother were heading home to the East Coast from a camping trip and stopped by UD on a whim; Bob Lynch, dean of the newly formed Graduate School of Management (now the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business), hired Professor Bruce, as he is known by students, on the spot.

+ Read More