O Dawning Light

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by Sisters of the Monastery of Mount St. Scholastica

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O Dawning Light, bring your warmth and clarity to our muddled ways.

Unclutter our divided hearts. Help us get through and beyond the distraction and noise of society's high demands in these weeks of Advent. Free us to focus on your ever-faithful and present loving kindness as we patiently proceed through our days of waiting and hoping. May we learn how to be satisfied with the peace and joy of a heart that yearns for your coming and recognizes that every gift is from your hand.

-- Sr. Grace Malaney

[The Monastery of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kan., is home to 140 Benedictine sisters whose presence has been in the Kansas-Missouri area for the last 150 years. While primarily engaged in education, the sisters also sponsor the Keeler Women's Center; Sophia Center, which houses their spirituality programs; and Maur Hill-Mount Academy and Benedictine College, which they co-sponsor with St. Benedict's Abbey.]

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