Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

December 21, 2016

Today’s Thought — Fifth Antiphon: “O Radiant Dawn”

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.


Today’s ASTC meditation shares a favorite Christmas memory involving Christmas carols at sunrise. As the first glimmers of light rise above the ocean, we scare the seagulls with our singing – but the “Radiant Dawn” fills our hearts with unearthly joy and peace. It makes me think of Saint Teresa, who brought the Radiant Dawn to the darkest corners of the world, not singing carols but feeding the hungry; not by opening presents, but ushering souls into the presence of God.

How will you be light today?

O Radiant Dawn,

your light casts out every shadow

whenever I turn toward your light.

Help me never to turn away,

or to be content in darkness.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!


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Advent Reflections Courtesy of:

heidi-2013Heidi is a wife and adoptive mother, contributing writer to WINE, and author of Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta and the follow-up companion, Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Servant, released January 2017). Heidi received a graduate degree in theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit in 2012, having converted to the Catholic faith in 1995 from the evangelical tradition. She met her husband, Craig, at the University of Michigan Ballroom Dance Club, and lives with her family (including two special-needs teenagers, a longsuffering Aussie shepherd and a snuggly Chiweenie) near South Bend, Indiana.