Advent Thoughts


Blog by Associate Director Ceil Amendolia, OPA

As we enter the season of Advent, I have been thinking about some of the words that are used during the Advent Season… words like darkness, light, expectation, wonder, waiting, joy, hope, prepare, and gratitude.

These words describe the feelings that I have been experiencing as I have traveled around to meet you, the Associates of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Many of you I have met in person, while I have met others by zoom, facetime and phone calls. Of course, there are still many of you that I have not met and I long to do that soon.

This year, I see Advent as the perfect time to wonder, to prepare, and to build wonderful expectations of what is to come.

I have also heard from many of you – your wonder, your hope, and your expectations.

As 2021 draws to a close, our hope and our joy are the possibilities that a New Year will bring.

Recently, Sr. Linda Lee Jackson, OP, and I were talking about the journey of being an Associate. Over our lunch at the Columbus Motherhouse, she asked me a challenging question: “What is my mission statement,  and what is my vision”?

This led to a discussion about the importance of each of us knowing our personal Mission and Vision as an Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

As we talked, Sr. Linda introduced me to the concept of “savoring”- actively enhancing our appreciation of the good in our lives. She shared this reflection to help me understand the importance of savoring our walk with God.

My Advent gift to you is the gift of savoring. Of allowing your heart to expand and fully enjoy the Season of Advent and the gifts of our faith.

I hope that you will read this reflection and hold the thought of Savoring close to your heart.

In the days and weeks to come, I will invite each of you to create your own Mission and Vision Statement.

May this Season of Advent encourage you to wonder, anticipate and be Joy to all you encounter. I wish you Peace, Love, and many Blessings.

Posted in Associate Blog

6 responses to “Advent Thoughts

  1. Hi Ceil,
    I am happy for you to be the Associate Director in your “present journey”. I said it present because that’s how we are savoring the moments of every challenges, and embracing them that comes our way. This advent season is a preparation for your journey. God bless.

  2. Good luck on your journey this Advent as you savor the joy and expectation of the Season… and continue to brighten and bring joy to your visit with each OPA!

    1. Dear Sr. Esther, I am so grateful to find this reflection shared by you. I would love to reconnect with you after way too many years. Blessings to you and all the Sisters of Peace!

  3. I love the thought of “savoring” – and right now I am savoring the fact that you accepted the call to become our Director of Associates. I also savor the gifts that all of our Associates bring to each one of us. Advent blessings on us all.

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