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Advent Reflections


During this Advent season, we are  pleased to share daily reflections with the Fordham Prep community.

Best Regards,

Brian Carney
Vice President for Mission & Identity

 

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Advent- Come, follow me.

As I read and pray with the readings for today I see the theme of “the kingdom of God”.  In the season of Advent we are reminded that Jesus came to invite us into the kingdom of God through the incarnation.  During Advent my prayer consists of phrases like, “Come Lord Jesus” and ”O Come, O Come Immanuel”.  For me it is a time to pray for God to fill my heart.  Then I am able to respond with courage and love when Jesus says to me, “Come, follow me” (Mt 4:19).  The readings we hear throughout the rest of the year about the life and ministry of Jesus echo this continual call of Jesus to “Come, follow me.”

-Kathy Martin, Creighton University

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Additional Advent resources can be found at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent

 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Advent- Waiting

For the Second Week of Advent, writer and theologian Tim Muldoon shares his thoughts about waiting in this video reflection.

Additional Advent resources can be found at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Advent- Make straight the paths

It’s Advent. Jesus is near. With the rest of the people of God you are out in the wilderness waiting for him to appear. How can you make straight the paths of your own life? Be open to a change of heart, to letting yourself be turned in a new direction. To what new roles—perhaps unexpected ones—does your life, like John’s, point? Could it be to bring some forgiveness and peace to yourself, your family, your friends, your coworkers, the world?

The answers may be hidden just beneath the waters, waiting to surface.

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Additional Advent resources can be found at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent

Monday, December 11, 2017
Advent- “You Will Not Have My Hate”

Helping myself become “clean” was given a big boost as I read You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris.  His wife was killed in a terrorist attack in Paris.  He wrote:

“On Friday night, you stole the life of an exceptional being, the love of my life, the mother of my child, but you will not have my hate….I will not give you the satisfaction of hating you. That is what you want, but to respond to your hate with anger would be to yield to the same ignorance that made you what you are…There are only two of us — my son and myself — but we are stronger than all the armies of the world….and all his life this little boy will defy you by being happy and free.  Because you will not have his hate either.”  

Reading this daily will help me become clean so that no one can have my hate either.

-Julie Kalkowski, Creighton University

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Additional Advent resources can be found at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent

 

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Advent- Jesus advances toward us

We have three weeks and a part of a day, plus the rest of our lives to allow Jesus to advance toward us, not with the finger of disappointment and accusation, but the inviting gesture of recovery. Jesus is not coming; He is here! Our Advent prayer is to reside again, re-home where He comforts and re-covers our images of His Self in ours.

-Larry Gillick, SJ, Creighton University

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Additional Advent resources can be found at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent

 

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Advent- Hope

Hope is what will carry me (us) through as I (we) recognize that this is merely a transition – we are not Home yet! I must believe that this God who accepts me with all my faults and frailties, who loves me beyond anything I have ever experienced, is there.  I hear the small voice in my ear, This is the Way; walk in it.

-Nancy Shirley, Creighton University

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Additional Advent resources can be found at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent

 

Friday, December 8, 2017
Advent- God Chooses Us

Mary was troubled but Mary trusted, “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

How unlikely that God chose Mary! Yes, God chose Mary, and Mary responded fully!

And God chooses us! How unlikely that God chooses us!

The most precious gift God gives human beings is the gift of faith! On this feast of the Immaculate Conception we look to Mary.  Yes, we look to Mary especially amid our sufferings.  Mary is our model, intercessor, mother! So we pray for our world, and we pray also for ourselves that we may actually experience the depth of God’s indwelling in us so like Mary we may be transformed by God’s Presence!

Yes, God chooses us! On Mary’s feast day we pray that we may imitate her in responding ever more fully to God’s call!

-Dick Hauser, SJ, Creighton University

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Additional Advent resources can be found at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/adventThursday, December 7, 2017
Advent- Lining our Faith, Hope and Love

The message that runs through Matthew is the invitation to humbly live our faith, hope and love just like Jesus does in his ministry.  That message impels his disciples to serving the needs of people, modeled on Jesus’ words and actions.  It is a kind of “how-to” gospel on following Jesus and acting in his behalf.

The Sermon on the Mount has included in it both the Beatitudes and the Our Father, hallmarks of the true disciple; they are guides to living the Christ-life within us.  We are invited each day to focus on the Rock that is Christ.  Looking to him with that focus we can more deeply hear Jesus’ word and heed the call to serving the needs of those around us.

-Tom Shanahan, SJ, Creighton University

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Additional Advent resources can be found at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent

 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Advent- Giving Without Counting the Cost 

The same message of generosity and giving without counting the cost that Jesus gave to the multitude is one we hear each and every day. But are we willing to share our time, talent and treasure with the poor and needy, or do we think a “miracle” will occur and one person will miraculously appear and satisfy the needs of those less fortunate? Are we willing to help fill the baskets of the food pantry when called upon, share our earnings when the basket is passed in church, or volunteer our time to help those less fortunate? Just think what a miracle it would be if we, like the assembled masses on the hillside, gave a little bit more of ourselves than we expected in return.

- Steve Scholer, Creighton University

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Additional Advent resources can be found at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent

 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Advent- What are you longing for?

What are you longing for? What is your heart trying to tell you? The gift God offers this first week of Advent is the invitation to explore your inner longings. The Church, through our Advent customs, and even the weather of the season itself support such inner work. During the first week of Advent, give yourself time and space to contemplate what you are truly longing for in life. Know that this is the season when your longings will lead you to the Christ Child, in whom the hopes and fears of all the years are known and responded to with generous love.

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Additional Advent resources can be found at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent

 

Monday, December 4, 2017
Advent Reflection- Practicing Hope

We have a season in which to give our faith a workout, in which to exercise our hope muscles. Some years make that exercise more difficult than others. But it’s Advent now, and, as people of faith, we are called upon to exercise our hope.

If hope isn’t created for times such as these—when countries are divided, when civil war annihilates whole communities and sends refugees fleeing, when hungry children are ignored because their interests are of no interest to powerful entities, when human beings are trafficked by the thousands to be used for sex or cheap labor, when industry and wealth win over the health of the planet and all its creatures and the global community—if hope isn’t created for times such as these, then why have hope at all?

So let’s try Advent once again. Let’s practice a hopeful way of being in the world.

- Vinita Hampton Wright, Loyola Press

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Additional Advent resources can be found at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent


Sunday, December 3, 2017
Today’s reflection comes from Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan

So there are three comings of Jesus. Christ did come in the past, Christ does come right now, and Christ will come in the future. If you don’t mind me saying it in a more poetic way, Our Lord comes to us in history, mystery, and majesty. He came in history as the Holy Infant of Bethlehem. He comes to us now in mystery — in word, sacrament, grace, and mercy. He will come in majesty at the end of the world as judge of the living and the dead. Christ comes in history, mystery, and majesty. 
There is a beautiful traditional prayer for the Season of Advent. It is a prayer that is found in the New Testament and in an ancient document of the early Church called the Didache. It is a simple prayer, but one that can be prayed anytime: “Come, Lord Jesus!”
Repeat this prayer often during this Season of Advent and you will recognize with the eyes of faith that, in praying it sincerely, Our Lord has already answered it, will answer it, and will answer it again. “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).

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Additional Advent resources can be found at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent


 

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