Monthly Archives: December 2020

A Year-End Message From President Sister Helen Kearney, CSJ

Dear Friend, I am writing to you at the end of a year that has seen extraordinary suffering, anxiety and change. We must be asking ourselves, “where is God in all of this?” Yet, our faith tells us God is here, in the midst of this uncertainty and fear, with unfailing love. In times of pain and loss, we have

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December 22

Reflection O Ruler of all nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come save the creature you fashioned from the dust. The metaphor in this antiphon positions Jesus as the keystone of the arch of humanity. We know now that we are all related in our origins from that primal matter

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December 21

Reflection O Dawn of the East, Brightness of the Light Eternal and Sun of Justice, come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death The antiphon used today coincides with the winter solstice. We, in the northern hemisphere, are experiencing darkest day of the year. From that darkness we call on Christ as the dawn,

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December 20

Reflection Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Luke  1:26-38   The annunciation is a faith event. This poor, unconventual peasant woman’s free and autonomous answer opens a new chapter in the history of God with the world. .. Annunciations keep on happening, bringing into the ordinariness of life a message of God’s gracious care

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December 19

Reflection O branch of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come let nothing keep you from coming to our aid. The branch is a biblical sign of newness out of discouragement. The Israelites had forgotten God, and also forgotten the call of

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December 18

Reflection O Adonai, sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free. This deep desire and longing for freedom is in the hearts of all humanity, some in the reality of bondage and oppression, all in

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December 17

The “O Antiphons” have been part of the Church’s liturgical prayer since the 8th or 9th centuries. They are scripturally based short prayers that are recited or chanted during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours. Each antiphon highlights a title for the Messiah and a Messianic prophecy of Isaiah.  They begin on December 17 and continue until December 23. Reflection

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December 16

Reflection In the midst of darkness as the sun sinks to its lowest point, in the midst of the longing and hope of advent, we can rejoice because we know that what we hope for has already happened. The Divine has been made visible. The Mystery we call God has been known in Jesus. Although, as Christians, we believe that

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December 15

Reflection This week in Advent we are called to be joyful. It is a hard time to be joyful in this country. Our hearts are heavy. So many of our fellow Americans have died from this virus, so many are ill. There is also a malaise of distrust and unacceptance of the factual that is just as deadly to us.

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December 14

Reflection                                 The peace and joy of advent begin in the heart. When we let go of our old divisions and begin to heal each other, we bear witness to what is worthwhile in this life – living compassionately and doing no harm to each other.

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