Back In the Same Chapel One Advent Later


One Advent later, back in the same chapel, reflecting

“For you, oh Lord, my soul in stillness waits. Truly my hope is in You.”

I closed my eyes and let the familiar melodies of the liturgical choir in the chapel of my alma mater fill me with peace.

It was exactly one year ago that I sat in this same chapel as a college senior in the midst of my last finals week wondering what post-graduation life would be like. Would I find a job? Where would I live? Would I be happy? It was also during that last Mass before graduation that the liturgical choir sang the same Marty Haugen song, “My Soul in Stillness Waits.”

The lyrics of the song are simple, based on Psalm 95 and the historic “O” Antiphons that also inspired the Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Immanuel.” The meditative refrain echoed through my final days of undergraduate life, as I anxiously waited for God to shed a ray of light on my future.

I wrote on my personal blog:

“I may be waiting, but in some respects, we are all always waiting. Yet I wait in a peaceful stillness that only comes from knowing the one who has already written the remaining chapters in the book of my life. Truly my hope is in You.”

Now one year later, as I sat in the very same holy place, I realized that God had provided all that I had asked for during that very service. I asked for peace. I asked for direction. I asked for joy. I asked for faith and received so much more in return.

The season of Advent is a time of patient waiting. Find a hymn that speaks to you and mentally repeat the refrain as you go about the next few weeks leading up to Christmas. No matter what you’re waiting for – a spouse, a career change, a new outlook on life – remember that God provides when you put your hope in Him.






2 Comments

  1. Jim-397948 December 24, 2010

    It is great to visit church after a long day at work and pray….The beautiful St.Joseph Church in Bronxville is a great place.

  2. Michael-253501 December 27, 2010

    Jessica,

    Thank you for your delightful essay on God’s providence and care. I hope you do not mind, however, if I take some exception to the inclusion of Marty Haugen’s composition as the lyrical melody that creates the mood for your literary piece. As you may or may not know, Marty Haugen is not a Catholic and maintains many ideas that are opposed to Catholic Doctrine, among them being the ordination of women. Though his music may be commendable in its own right and within its own genre, I do not believe it is suitable for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. There are a wealth of Catholic composers who have assembled far more edifying compositions. Again, sorry for being so blunt, but the widespread use of Mr. Haugen’s music is a blight on the Liturgy of the Catholic Church. That being said, I hope my comments do not diminish the essential character of your essay or message — that God’s love and care are indeed transcendent and that the mercy present in His Sacred Heart is beyond measure! Thank you for your contribution to CM!

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