If we are really to follow the message of the Incarnation, that Christ came that we might have life, and have it to the full (John, 10:10), then we much learn to live together with our brothers and sisters who make up the body of Christ on earth.
St Paul tells us that eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. Our time of prayer in Advent is therefore a time of vigil, a period of longing redemption. When we miss these times of longing, our spiritual life gets out of balance, and we'll find that the ground is not prepared for what, or rather who, is coming.
Hospitality on the frontiers Mourad Abu Seif SJ is a member of the Near East Province currently doing tertianship in Dublin. He spoke at a Colloquium in Rome in commemoration of the 34th anniversary of the foundation of the Jesuit Refugee Service
The disciples experienced three things at the Transfiguration: the glory of Jesus, the nearness of God, and the eternal dimension of our lives. It's this glimpse of the eternal that gives meaning to our lives, that teaches us that there is more to our life than what is around us.