Advent to Christmas: A Time for Journeying in Hope
Pope Francis: Advent calls us to enlarge our horizons
Our Congregation of Franciscan Sisters was established in Glasgow as an apostolic institute and follows The Rule and Life of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis. At the request of Pope Pius IX, who approved our first Constitutions in 1854, the year in which he proclaimed the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, we honour our Blessed Lady as our special patroness and are known as Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.
As members of this Institute of Pontifical Right, we dedicate ourselves to a life of mission and evangelisation as we seek new and different ways to spread the good news of the Gospel message. Our primary apostolate is the witness we give through our different apostolates.
We, Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception,
Pope Francis encourages us to reflect on the contrast between our daily routine and the unexpected coming of the Lord.
Advent is the time of more than usual eager longing, awaiting our revelation as sons of God.
It is the waiting for Christ's coming in grace on Christmas and His final coming in glory. During Advent, our constant prayer should be: Come, Lord Jesus! (Rev 22:20).We should reject ungodliness and worldly desires, and live temperately, justly, and piously in this age as we await the coming of our Lord.