Year: 2020

December 21

By Clara Santoro | December 21, 2020 | Comments Off on 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, the light, the Sun of Justice. Reflecting on our world…

December 20

By Clara Santoro | December 20, 2020 | Comments Off on 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 and desire to repair the world.  Touching the root of…

December 19

By Clara Santoro | December 19, 2020 | Comments Off on 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 God to “do justice, love mercy,  and walk humbly “.…

December 18

By Clara Santoro | December 18, 2020 | Comments Off on 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 the bondage of their own struggles, flaws and yearning for…

December 17

By Clara Santoro | December 17, 2020 | Comments Off on 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 O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all…

December 16

By Clara Santoro | December 16, 2020 | Comments Off on 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 through Jesus God has been known most fully, we also…

December 15

By Clara Santoro | December 15, 2020 | Comments Off on 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. It separates us and incites us to anger. Yet, the…

December 14

By Clara Santoro | December 14, 2020 | Comments Off on 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. Fear is cast out and reconciling love enters. We know…

December 13

By Clara Santoro | December 13, 2020 | Comments Off on December 13

Third Sunday of Advent Reflection Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks. 1Thess 5:16 In the midst of the problems of our own times, we hold onto the promise of Advent. At this midpoint we pause to rejoice. We read the words of Isaiah and believe that God can work in our times bringing unity and peace to us.  Jesus courageously preached this vision in his world…

December 12

By Clara Santoro | December 12, 2020 | Comments Off on December 12

 Reflection The phrase ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’ is central to Advent: The way of the Lord’ is the path of return to God. To follow this way leads us out of our any alienation and estrangement we may have to reconnection.  In Advent, we continue to prepare the way of the Lord; we continue to hear a voice calling us to make straight in the wasteland a highway…