O Radiant Dawn

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O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, fill us with wonder and delight.

As a child, I wondered how we could be surprised by Jesus's coming; after all, it happened every year. For me, some of the wonder was lost in its repeated action. Through the years, I have learned that the wonder of Jesus' coming isn't that he came; it is that he is still coming. Every day. He comes to me in my friends, my relatives, and in all those I meet. In the eyes of those I see each day I find Him alive. That's the wonder.

-- Sr. Deborah Peters

[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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