Haste not want not… Advice for the Advent Season

Haste Not!
Haste Not!
Haste Not, Want Not!

Haste is, generally speaking, the enemy of the spiritual life. Guard your heart in this glorious Advent season, a season which, secularly, tends towards hustle and bustle and rushing to and fro, exhausting effort! The only haste that reflects holiness is when we hasten to return to God … and he runs to embrace us with His forgiveness and love. (See the Parable of the Prodigal Son in the gospel of St Luke 15:11-32) If we find and live in that embrace, we will never again be in want.


Art: Detail of The Return of the Prodigal Son, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, circa 1669, PD-US, author’s term of life less 100 years, Wikimedia Commons.

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