Rose of Jericho
The "Rose of Jericho'' (Selaginella lepidophylla) is well-known for its ability to survive almost complete desiccation. During dry weather in its native desert habitat, its stems curl into a tight ball. It can remain in this state for several years. When exposed to moisture it uncurls and turns green again within hours.
It is a symbol for Advent: a season of expectant waiting, an exercise in wonder.
How is God born in us?
"Very simple'', the 14th century Dominican Rhineland Mystics would say: 'Strive to become a virgin!
"Become as open and expectant, as empty of all trivialities, as filled with longing for goodness. And that abyss of longing for goodness will invite the Abyss of Unutterable Love".
'A Christian is someone who is vigilant every hour of every day because he/she knows the the Lord is coming'. (St. Basil)