December 9


“Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.” (Isaiah 40:1) The prophet Isaiah was the one  who encouraged the ancient Israelites to return from exile to their homeland.  He reminds them that they are precious in God’s sight and that in spite of their sufferings, they have not been forgotten.  In our time, we experience our own exile from unity  through the divisions and conflicts that  are constant among us. They are present in all that touches us, physical needs, spiritual confusion, political division, prejudices and wars.  As people of this earth we are far from being at home in the union we share within the Source of Life. Because of us, even the innocent creatures and the earth itself are suffering. Yet, the prophet Isaiah reminds us that, as a people, we are still one with a God who loves us. We have not been forgotten nor should we forget one another. It is our Advent call to respond to this vision of healing and walk toward peace. The voice rings through the ages, ”Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight God’s paths.”.


May we be voices crying in the wilderness of our times for the equality and empowerment of all people.


In my daily interactions how can I comfort the comfortless, comfort the broken, comfort the hurting? How can I work toward  this in the public arena?

Suggested Reading

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that her warfare is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.
Isaiah 40:1-2

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think
Ephesians 3:20-21

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

Let yourselves be consoled in the Lord.
Pope Francis

We see our charism of love of God and union with all neighbors as consistent within the context of our times and recommit ourselves to Jesus’ mission to bring about God’s reign. We seek to promote justice, be faithful to lives of non-violence and respond to the needs of women and other persons who are poor.
Sisters of St. Joseph Direction Statement Chapter 2011

The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.
Felix Adler

Love does not cost anything. Kind words and deeds do not cost anything. The real beauty of the world is equal for everyone to see. It was given by God equally to all, without restrictions.
Carle Jo Masterson

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Nelson Mandela

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
Joel A. Barker