Newsletter for November 28

The First Sunday of Advent

"I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting."
— T.S. Eliot, East Coker

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