Throughout Advent, we’ll be sharing reflections on the day’s readings written by a few of our Sisters. Each will share something she is thankful for during this season of preparation, that is, her Advent Appreciation. Share your own #AdventAppreciation with us on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Today’s Advent Appreciation: Identity

December 17, 2017 – Third Sunday of Advent

Read today’s scriptures

by Sister Annette Debs

Today’s readings challenge us to reflect on who we are.

John the Baptist is the ultimate example of a person who knows exactly what his mission/identity is. “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert ‘make straight the way of the Lord.’”

John is consciously aware that he is sent “to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners….”

This is our calling too, made even more critical in these days of division. We yearn for God’s favor. We desperately want relief from threats of nuclear war, unprecedented homelessness, the growing inequality brought by laws that favor the rich and powerful, and the obscene number of people imprisoned – greater than any other nation on earth.

A huge part of our identity is and should be our faith in God, who will make “justice and praise spring up before all the nations.” Let us take to heart these hope-filled words from the second reading: “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it.” We need only emit the light we are called to be for the people .

   December 15th, 2017      Posted In: General


 

Throughout Advent, we’ll be sharing reflections on the day’s readings written by a few of our Sisters. Each will share something she is thankful for during this season of preparation, that is, her Advent Appreciation. Share your own #AdventAppreciation with us on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Today’s Advent Appreciation: Help!

December 14, 2017 – Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

Read today’s scriptures

by Sister Mary Ellen Curtin

The powerful and poetic words of Isaiah speak to my heart. “I am here for you. I have grasped you by your hand. I will help you with whatever is needed.” Most of us have been brought up to rely on ourselves; to be strong, independent and self- sufficient. Actually we are all quite vulnerable, fearful and not sure of ourselves. In our readings today, our God wants us to know where our true help lies.

Recently my dearest friend died, and I was overwhelmed by all the help of family, friends and neighbors. Even now as I walk each day, someone will stop me to ask, “What can I do for you?” “How can I help?” It is for me to accept the help that is offered.

Our loving God is saying the same to us today. It is a full circle: giving and receiving, not one without the other. It is an encounter, a lovely dance.

Who needs my help today? Is it a neighbor, a refugee, a loved one, our beautiful earth? Where do I need help?

Loving God, may we go hand-in-hand today, giving and receiving.

   December 14th, 2017      Posted In: General


 

Throughout Advent, we’ll be sharing reflections on the day’s readings written by a few of our Sisters. Each will share something she is thankful for during this season of preparation, that is, her Advent Appreciation. Share your own #AdventAppreciation with us on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Today’s Advent Appreciation: Comfort

December 12, 2017 – Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

Read today’s scriptures

by Sister Zaida Peréz

 

We see God’s self-revelation through women and men of all ages, especially through great biblical figures.

Zechariah 2:14-17

Through the mouth of the prophet, God announces “I am coming to dwell in your midst.”

What a God, so close to the beloved, acting in the midst of the people, forgiving, collaborating, consoling!

Zechariah encourages us, “Sing and rejoice, daughter Sion! Celebrate the God who is with you.” You can experience God’s strength in your desire to give yourself to others, giving your time, your knowledge, your possessions in the service of others.

Psalm: Judith 13: 18b – 19

Judith trusted in God. God responded to the need of the people through her. In this total openness to God she experienced the strength, confidence and wisdom that showed her what to do. She experienced interior peace and serenity, signs of the presence of God in her moment of putting her discernment into action.

Thus she was able to advance the liberation of her people.

Gospel: Lk 1:26-38

Mary of Nazareth accepts God’s invitation with total confidence and says: “Let it be done unto me according to your will.” What is your fiat?

 

Sister Zaida lives in Peru. Here is her reflection in the original Spanish:

Dios, se ha revelado a los hombres y mujeres de todos los tiempos, por medio de grandes personajes bíblicos.

Zac.2,14-17

Dios anuncia por medio del profeta que “Viene a quedarse en medio de su pueblo”

¡Qué Dios tan cercano de la persona que lo ama, que lo reconoce actuando en medio de su pueblo: perdonando, colaborando, consolando…!

Zacarías nos anima: “canta, gozosa hija de Sión” Goza celebrando a Dios que nos acompaña. Siento su fuerza en mi deseo de darme a otros: dando mi tiempo, conocimientos, mis cosas al servicio de otras personas.

Salmo Judith: 13,18 bc de 19

Judith, pone toda su confianza en Dios. El responde a la necesidad del pueblo actuando por medio de ella. En esa total apertura a Dios siente la fuerza, confianza y sabiduría para saber proceder. Ella experimenta paz interior y serenidad, signos de la presencia de Dios en su momento de ejecutar lo que discierne, es lo que ayudará a la liberación de su pueblo.

Evangelio: Lc.1,26-38

María de Nazaret acepta la invitación de Dios, con total confianza, y dice:” que se haga en mi según su voluntad” ¿Cómo es tu fíat?

   December 12th, 2017      Posted In: General


 

Throughout Advent, we’ll be sharing reflections on the day’s readings written by a few of our Sisters. Each will share something she is thankful for during this season of preparation, that is, her Advent Appreciation. Share your own #AdventAppreciation with us on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Today’s Advent Appreciation: Comfort

December 10, 2017 – Second Sunday of Advent

Read today’s scriptures

by Sister Kathie McLaughlin

The very first words of today’s reading from Isaiah remind us of God’s care for each of us and for all God’s people. “Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.” And so, God not only gives comfort; God calls on all of us to do the same: give comfort. So many people are in need of comfort. We can help.

But first, Advent is a time when we reflect on how God comes into our lives. We might ask: where else can we experience God’s comfort except where we are? God’s presence and comfort come to us as we find comfort in family, friends and neighbors and communities, and sometimes even strangers. That’s where God’s Spirit lives. We can recognize in what specific and daily ways we receive God’s comfort.

We ask in today’s response to the psalm of the day, “God, let us see your kindness….” We also might pray, “God, let us BE your kindness.” The world needs kindness. We can help. Let us be agents of kindness! Let’s spread God’s comfort as much as we can!

   December 10th, 2017      Posted In: General


 

Throughout Advent, we’ll be sharing reflections on the day’s readings written by a few of our Sisters. Each will share something she is thankful for during this season of preparation, that is, her Advent Appreciation. Share your own #AdventAppreciation with us on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Today’s Advent Appreciation: Constructing Justice

December 7, 2017 – Thursday of the first week of Advent

Read today’s scriptures

by Sister Carol Brouillette

Miracles of healing, of robots and instant media connection are in stark contrast with the day-to-day experiences of our parents’ and our own younger selves. Today, on every side we are troubled by breaking news of current tragedies, disasters, saber rattling and populations who lack safe shelter and livelihood. The list seems endless and grows daily.

Perusing today’s Scriptures, an immediate answer is not obvious. In Isaiah 26, we hear: “Here is a strong city, and liberation will be its walls and ramparts. Open the gates! Let the upright nation enter.“ This is followed by an immediate caution, a lesson about its being “leveled and trampled.” Why was the strong city not able to sustain itself with its former confidence?

The answer may be found in the Gospel, where Jesus chides the individual homebuilder, who doesn’t check if the land is able to support the foundation. How foolish! It will not last. This is the closing chapter of the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5-7), the new Law for all Christians. Hmmmm…

Upon reflection, I see a link between this Gospel message and a current phenomenon: the proliferation of Tiny Houses. Both St. Louis and Denver have recently begun programs to provide these small structures along with other services to people experiencing homelessness. The builders of these homes are quite literally constructing justice!

Each of us has opportunities to actively embrace Isaiah’s and Jesus’s message to build on a foundation that reflects justice for all. May this Advent be our time for building justice!

   December 7th, 2017      Posted In: General


Next Page »