Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Advent 2020!

‘Maranatha, come, Lord Jesus ‘

We are at the threshold of another season of Advent. The Church encourages us to enter into the spirituality of Advent.  Advent gives us HOPE and consolation.  As we welcomed the year 2020, we could not foresee, what this year will bring and how much our life has become threatened by this Corona pandemic.  Still we hope for renewal, for new life, for reconciliation and all that brings light into this time.

Sr. M. Margarete Ulager, our General Superior, wrote in her Circular Letter for this season of Advent:
“I am thinking especially of March 27, 2020, when Pope Francis stood alone in the vast Saint Peter's Square and gave us hope through his prayers and the extraordinary “Urbi et Orbi” blessing 
- to the city and to the world. It was a sacred moment that reminded both, believers and sceptics, that "our redeemer named from of old”, Jesus Christ, is with us forever, in the midst of the storms of our lives. This steadfast hope, I desire for all of us in these days of Advent.”                                                                                               

Quoting the words of Prophet Isaiah 63:16b, from the First Sunday of Advent “You, LORD, are our father, our redeemer you are named from of old”, she continued further, “when I read or hear these words, many things resonate in my heart and I want to join in the confession of faith of the people of Israel: "Yes, you, Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer, named from of old.” The people of ancient Israel have longingly waited for the Redeemer. This longing is deeply rooted in our human heart. Today, the longing for redemption has so many faces - we only need to immerse ourselves in the daily news.

As we welcome this Advent, in prayer we take our broken world and tell the Lord, ‘all are yours; and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.  (1 Cor.3:23). Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.