There are people who make capital out of everything, even the winter. If it is cold, they offer their little sufferings to God.
-St. John Vianney
O humdrum days, filled with darkness, I look upon you with a solemn and festive eye. How great and solemn is the time that gives us the chance to gather merits for eternal heaven! I understand how the saints made use of it.
-St. Faustina Kowalska
From the Blessing of an Advent Wreath
Lord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: he is Emanuel, the hope of the peoples, he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us, he is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation. May he come quickly and not delay. We ask this through Christ our Lord.