Getting back to the ad, it said:
LISTEN & SILENT
have the same letters.
This period of awaiting, of anticipation, of listening requires of us not the hustle and bustle that others place upon the season, but rather the SILENCE that will allow us to truly LISTEN. Talk about being counter-cultural! And yet it is the best advice that I have heard for a long time. Take time during Advent to be SILENT and LISTEN.
Yesterday on EWTN I watched the Installation Mass of Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis, Indiana. I love watching these ordination/installation Masses when they occur, to see the Church at work. I was impressed with yesterday's ceremony: the Cathedral there seems massive (and it was filled) ... the music was great, plentiful and embraced by all present ... the ceremonies went off smoothly (which is not always the case) ... but most importantly, I was impressed with the new Archbishop, with his warmth, charm, prayerful style, and preaching. He spoke from the heart and not from a prepared text, which to me speaks volumes. He had his audience, and he had me. Blessing to the Church in Indianapolis.
And did you see that the Pope as of yesterday has a Twitter account. I am in total ignorance of "Twitter", but I give the Vatican credit for reaching out in the social media. Rocco, in "Whispers" has a good post on this along with the Holy Father's Twitter address. Check it out.