It is commonly in a somewhat cynical sense that men have said, "Blessed is he that expecteth nothing, for he shall not be disappointed." It was in a wholly happy and enthusiastic sense that Saint Francis said, "Blessed is he that expecteth nothing, for he shall enjoy everything." It was by this deliberate idea of starting from zero, from the dark nothingness of his own deserts, that he did come to enjoy them.
- G.K. Chesterton, St. Francis of Assisi as quoted in Advent and Christmas Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton
Reminder: Today is the first day of the St. Andrew/Christmas Novena. It is said 15 times each day from today (the feast of St. Andrew) thru Christmas Eve. You can find it in the sidebar of O Night Divine, a blog about celebrating Advent and Christmas.