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Haste not want not… Advice for the Advent Season

December 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke

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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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • You have qouted from my absolute favorite book! Lately I have been finding that the action of “turning within for a moment” that Theresa of Avila describes is a wonderful way of refocusing and coming back to the feet of the One Who is most important even amidst the busyness of a normal working mom’s day. Thanks for the clarification also of Martha’s anxiety rather than busyness being “the problem”….a wonderful reminder…

  • $1650412

    This really speaks to me- not because I am particularly industrious but because I seem to find myself in a hurry to get through this, that or the other thing in order to rush into relaxation- or maybe more likely, the reprieve from the stress of having something pressing that needs to be done. And as soon as things become hard or I start stumbling around into venial sins I find myself more and more hesitant to turn to the Lord!
    Is this from Teresa of Avila? I think I might need to chat with her some!

  • Guest

    An apt reminder to me, especially. I need to take this to heart and stop fretting when I feel hemmed in by little silly demands when I should just ignore them and keep my eye on the ball – My Divine Merciful Jesus

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