Generally the liturgical calendar does not affect my life so much. Yet, the big season changers tend to get my attention and today we enter into the season of Advent, which is the opening of a new liturgical year. I absolutely love this time of year for a variety of reasons and Advent just adds to that experience. The quieting of longer nights and shorter days helps me to slow down as my patterns adjust to the seasonal demands that are coming forth with winter on its way. The past couple of years I have experienced a greater need for quieting in so many ways. And, I am getting better at honoring the time and space needed for that quiet. However, I am still very easily caught in the technological buzz of the cell phone, computer, TV, and video/electronic games. I sat down today to spend time with an Advent reflection and was finished in less than ten minutes. I need to remind myself that at the end of the day we do not get back time and how that is spent is either meaningful or lost. So, as I enter this new liturgical year (more exhausted from studying than last year) I will attempt to put in place ways in which I can honor this call for silence as we wait for Emanuel, God with Us. Blessings as we accept this quest together (of course you may have different intentions for this time and if you want to share I am happy to read about it)!