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There is an eternal now in us that has no nothingness any more: neither a nothingness past nor a nothingness to come. That NOW has already begun to collect our earthly moments and to take them into itself… within ourselves we ought to feel something living: the calm and modest joy of faithful hope which does not think that the graspable visible present is all there is. That quiet joy is what a prisoner feels when he is still in his cell but is about to stand up, for he knows that the lock hangs loose at his cell door and that his freedom is certain. Is this joy, our Advent joy, so very hard to bear?

— Karl Rahner, Prayers and Meditations (1981)