An Advent Examination

In the wake of Ferguson, it seems like a good year to take some time during Advent to examine our hearts to see how we can make our city and our world a fitting birthplace for the Prince of Peace.
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An Advent Examination . . . . . . . . . . Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac, p. 196

“Advent is the perfect time to clear and prepare the Way. Advent is a winter training camp for those who desire peace. By reflection and prayer, by reading and meditation, we can make our hearts a place where a blessing of peace would desire to abide and where the birth of the Prince of Peace might take place.

“Daily we can make an Advent examination. Are there any feelings of discrimination toward race, sex, or religion? Is there a lingering resentment, an unforgiven injury living in our hearts? Do we look down upon others of lesser social standing or educational achievement? Are we generous with the gifts that have been given to us, seeing ourselves as their stewards and not their owners? Are we reverent of others, their ideas and needs, and of creation? These and other questions become Advent lights by which we may search the deep, dark corners of our hearts.

Advent Peace,
Mary Kay

O Those “O Antiphons”!

Melissa Musick shares some interesting history about the “O Antiphons” of the last week before Christmas on her blog The Catholic Catalogue.

Melissa and her daughter, Anna Nussbaum Keating will be speakers in our “Together in Faith” series next July. You can find great inspiration on The Catholic Catalogue everyday.

Advent Joy,
Mary Kay

Jesus, Hope of the World

Jesus, hope of the world. Jesus, light in our darkness. Here we await you, O Master Divine. Here we receive you in bread and in wine. Jesus, hope of the world.

Come to us o son of God, Come Lord Jesus.

Come to us O Son of God, Come Lord Jesus. Come Son of God. Come Son of Man, Shepherd your people with love.

Jesus, hope of the world. Jesus, light in our darkness. Here we await you O Master DIvine. Here we receive you in bread and in wine. Jesus, hope of the world.

Advent Joy,

Mary Kay