In these last weeks of the year, life is full of noise. Noise in the streets, filled with crowds of people anxious to find the perfect gift or the ideal accessory. Noise in the restaurants and bars, with a continuous clinking of plates and glasses. Noise in schools, with a merry-go-round of festivals and celebrations. Noise in homes, organising family gatherings and dinners. Noise, lots of noise. And this year, after so many months of confinement and distance, noise multiplied by the desire to make up for lost time.
So much noise that the simple beating of a heart goes totally unnoticed. That heartbeat that announces the life that is about to be born, that is about to be born, that is about to arrive to change, once again, our world.
Advent is the time that helps us to tune our hearts to the heart of the Child, to become aware that we must prepare ourselves to welcome his life and his message and to make it our own every day. Advent is to take a moment of silence to listen to the beating of our heart and, together with it, to the voice that announces: “Listen, He is coming”.