Advent is pregnant with life, laboring with expectancy

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By Fran Salone-Pelletier, Religion Columnist

Each time the Advent season rolls around, I have the impassioned desire to hear a pregnant woman reflect upon the readings. The power of love embodied in pregnancy would certainly emblazon the least fervent among us with fiery expectancy. A woman with a swollen belly is both a practical and a profound image of the vitality that we carry within us — a life that stretches without breaking us. Theories that explore life in its continuum present us with truth, to be sure, but the practical, personal experience of bearing life from its earliest moments hums with conflicting emotions.

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