Outlanderhomepage does not usually post Religious articles since so many are so different in belief, we like to stay neutral for everyone to be comfortable.
This beautiful piece struck me this morning. I am not a practicing Catholic but I remember my dad, who is, participating in Advent with the candles every weekend, when I was growing up.
Every religion has a time on their calendar for patience, reflection, redemption and contemplation. My husband does this in the Jewish faith also.
Sometimes I feel like Claire, through the later Outlander series, watching family members at different times in life practice their faith, so to me, this seems both similar and familiar, it moved me.
By DIANA GABALDON
ADVENT is a time of waiting, and of preparation. Of contemplation—of what is past, and what is to come. During Advent, we make wreaths, made of leaves or evergreens, with four candles, and we light one candle for each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. May your candle burn quiet in the dark, and may you be at peace.
PROLOGUE (from WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD)
In the light of eternity, time casts no shadow.
"Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions." But what is it that the old women see?
We see necessity, and we do the things that must be done.
Young women don’t see--they are, and the spring of life runs through them.
Ours is the guarding of the spring, ours the shielding of the light we have lit, the flame that we are.
What have I seen? You are the vision of my youth, the constant dream of all my ages. Spark to my tinder.
At the brink of war again, I am a citizen of no place, no time; no country but my own...and that a land lapped by no sea but blood, bordered only by the outlines of a face long-loved.
Diana's wreath for Advent