The longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

In winter it seems that the season of Spring will never come, and in both Advent and Lent it’s the waiting that’s hard, the in-between of divine promise and its fulfillment …. Most of us find ourselves dangling in this hiatus, which in the interval may seem a waste of time …. But “the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.” With such motivation, we can wait as we sense that God is indeed with us, and at work within us, as he was with Mary as the Child within her grew.6

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