From our Pope Benedict today at his weekly Angelus address:
"The Virgin Mary perfectly incarnates the spirit of Advent;
this spirit is one of listening to God,
of profound desire to do his will, of joyous service to our neighbor.
Letting ourselves be guided by her,
so that the God who comes does not find us closed and distracted,
but can, in each one of us,
extend a part of his kingdom of love, of justice and of peace."