Time is up! Our time for preparation is drawing near. Are we ready to receive the Incarnate Word? This year, we won’t be so busy with hurrying here and there, going from one store to the next, or one holiday party to the next. So use this gift of time to rediscover Advent, and to remember that God’s promise to us has been fulfilled. Ponder the actions of our loving God, who has always been faithful to the covenant.
A novena (from Latin: novem, “nine”) is an ancient tradition of devotional praying in Christianity, consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days or weeks. The nine days between the Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost, when the disciples gathered in the upper room and devote themselves to prayer, is often considered to be the “birth” of the practice of praying for nice successive days before a feast, or for a cause.
Bring glad tidings to the poor! How can you help to do that? How can you help heal the brokenhearted? Is there something you can do to bring about justice? Pay attention to who is around you; what might they need? Can you help?
Prepare your heart to welcome the Lord. Perhaps reflect on the times you have turned away from God, and ask for pardon. Is there someone with whom you want to be reconciled? Maybe this is the week you send Christmas cards. This year, hand-write a short note, especially to those who might be alone.
December 7th, 2019 found a group of Incarnate Word Associates from San Antonio communities, along with several vowed Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, gathered in the Madeleine Room of the Heritage Center for an Advent Retreat, facilitated by Sister Brigid Marie Clarke.
GOD SETS UP THE HOUSE OF DAVID FROM WHICH HIS SON WILL BE BORN
JESUS PROCLAIMS HIS MISSION
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the Brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God.
Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.
There are many ways you can bring a focus of justice, peace, and the care of creation into your Advent practices and prayers. Below are some of the resources available to guide in your prayer and reflection this Advent season.
When we have a big celebration coming up, we prepare very carefully: cleaning, decorating, preparing the food, hanging the lights… We do all this because we want our guests to feel happy in our home and that they are able to see, in every detail, the love we have for them and how happy it makes us to count with their presence. read more…