A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. -The Gospel of John 1:6-8, The Third Sunday in Advent, 2017 “As I prepared to meditate on the perfections of Jesus Christ…at that instant I saw an immense rose, marvelous in grandeur and variety of which all the beauty emanated from the center.” -The Diary of St. Jean de Brébeuf, 1630 Drawing nearer to the arrival of Christ and the coming dawn of our festive season, what moments in our lives allow us to share in the meditations of St. Jean de Brébeuf and recognize with him the true source of all beauty and joy? In this time of preparation, we see around us a growing number of lights pointing in all manner of directions; where does conscience and the example of the saints allow us to distinguish the artificial from the humble poverty and tender vulnerability that pleads silently for love? St. Jean de Brébeuf, who received the blessings of mystic vision and intimate friendship with our risen Lord, pray that following your example we may see more clearly the hidden beauty of the Incarnate Word, dwelling at the margins, and often obscured by the glitter of the world. Pray that we better listen to you, St. John the Baptist, and all the voices crying in the wilderness—particularly in society today—that testify to the true light of the world who longs to surprise us all with His love.