Rev. Alfred McBride, O. Praem.
Oct. ‘87, p.26
Each year, God asks us to shed one more
coat of awareness, one more dream state and come alive to the vision of
God's plan for each of us and the world-at-large.
The older we get, the harder this is to do. As children we had a
sense of wonder. Our eyes were wide open and drinking in the fascinating
gifts we beheld …Our thirsty souls could not have enough of the wonders
Then, somehow, we grew too old to dream. We tired of the abundance of
the world, or at least grew weary of keeping up with the feast of life,
and stepped away from the banquet of life.
The natural gift of wonder God gave us as children was meant to be
kept alive.…Instead we let wonder go to sleep. We entered the typical
dream state of most humans.
Why else does Jesus tell us today, ‘Stay awake!'…Advent says, ‘Wake
up and realize the gifts of love you have received.'
…Psychology says, ‘Let go.' Spirituality says, ‘Wake up.' In both
cases there is a withdrawal from the busyness of daily life (our dream
state) and a waking up to the subconscious and spiritual depths of