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Living and growing closer to God in hope

November 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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One of the more depressing lines in the Bible, it seems to me, comes from the book of Job: “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope” (Job 7:6). Many of us have had times when we felt like Job, when life seemed bleak and we had a hard time believing that the future would be any better. Read more »

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Putting the past behind, to open a future of hope

November 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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I want to talk about hope. But I begin with a caution, because in the United States talk about hope and about a hopeful life can often open the door to unreality. My view here will be down-to-earth, a view formed by many years of dealing with the realities of daily life. And the first good lesson you learn in facing reality in a hopeful way concerns the past.

Put simply, there is no hope for a better past. The past is empty of hope, just as it is empty of life. I think of discussions with people trying to make sense of a tough life. And frequently they will start by looking backward. “If I had not done that …” or “if only this could have had happened …” Well, these are pointless discussions. Just as there is no hope for a better past, there is no possibility of a different past. The past is gone. It is over. Read more »

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Hope is the walk toward the face of God

November 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Faith, hope and love. St. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13:13, declares that these three things are the bottom line in the Christian life. They are called the theological virtues, the qualities that make us most like God.

We hear plenty about faith and love. But when is the last time you heard a rousing homily on hope? If hope is included in this short list, it must be important. But why? And what is it precisely? Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Hope

November 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Hope is about the future. There is the hope of common sense, of human courage, that looks to the future and says, “Whatever happens, I

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can handle it. I’ve got a future.”

And there is the hope of the Gospels, the hope of faith, the hope of charity, that says, “Whatever happens, God will be with me, with us. We will not be alone.”

 

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An Advent meditation: Memory and hope

November 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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“So … what are you giving up for Advent?”

Lent gets all the attention. There is Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, the daily “giving up” of chocolate and meatless Fridays. Lent has a lot of reminders. But Advent sneaks up on us. Read more »

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Advent prompts questions of the heart

November 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Within hours of Black Friday, if not sooner, streets become adorned with Christmas lights, coffee cups change color and stores ready for another holiday season; the Advent season begins.

The liturgy of Advent, with its songs and prayers, emphasizes that we are in a time of waiting, as do the prayers from the Roman Missal. In them, we beg for the resolve to run forth unburdened by earthly undertakings, eagerly pressing forward in haste to meet the Lord. Every detail reminds us to prepare in anticipation. Read more »

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How St. Joseph is an Advent model

November 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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“Let us see your face.” The whole church repeats this five-word, heartfelt plea to God four times during Masses on Advent’s first Sunday. Heard in the responsorial psalm after the first biblical reading, it echoes this repeated plea to God in Psalm 80:

“Light up your face and we shall be saved.” Read more »

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Living Our Faith: First Week of Advent

November 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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During Advent, Christians patiently await the revelation of the face of God at Christmas.

A lit candle is seen on an Advent wreath in this 2016 photo. We remember that God’s first miracle, light, is also his most frequent. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St Louis Review)

Advent is a privileged time to allow the human to be reawakened within us, to love the questions that life opens, to embrace our fragility and need for Another to respond to them.

This Advent, may we let the light grow and give patience to others as a gift.

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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 19, 2017

November 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
1) Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Psalm 128:1-5
2) 1 Thes 5:1-6
Gospel: Mt 25:14-30

Wisdom and gratitude at Thanksgiving

We give thanks to God by being faithful stewards of the natural talents and spiritual gifts we receive. This is perhaps what the master in this Sunday’s Gospel meant to convey at the close of the parable when he says, “Come, share your master’s joy” because “you were faithful in small matters.” Read more »

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Life of African-American priest told through play ‘From Slave to Priest’

November 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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CHICAGO (CNS) — The life of Father Augustus Tolton already reads like a novel and now it is immortalized on stage with the new play “Tolton: From Slave to Priest,” produced by St. Luke Productions from Battle Ground, Washington.

Tolton, a former slave, is the first recognized American diocesan priest of African descent. The Archdiocese of Chicago opened his cause for sainthood in 2011, giving him the title “servant of God.” Read more »

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