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Advent Reflections


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


Monday, December 10, 2018

Advent- 4 Gifts of Advent

The four weeks of Advent are a time of spiritual preparation that begins with an awareness of our own longing and leads us to a deeper openness to the many gifts God wants to give us. The gift for the second week of Advent is that God speaks a reassuring word of comfort in the midst of our discontent and longing. In this quiet season—a season we tend to fill up with a lot of noise and frantic activity—make time daily to listen for the comforting words of God in your life. Probably the quickest way to begin hearing those words is to create a daily gratitude list. Set aside five minutes each morning or evening and take a few deep breaths. When you are settled, start jotting down whatever comes to your mind that you are grateful for. With a heart full of gratitude, everything else in our lives will change. We will begin to see, even in the demands of our Christmas preparations, the real purpose of those efforts—celebrating the Lord's arrival in our life and the lives of those we love.
- Loyola Press

Read about the other three gifts here

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

A special Advent Wednesday Morning Prayer with St. Ignatius is held each Wednesday in the Prep Chapel at 8:45 am.  Register


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Advent- Prepare the Way

This Second Sunday of Advent, we do not simply hear about the prophet John; in hearing the Word ourselves, we are called to live prophetically and to prepare the way all around us.
Click here for a video reflection on Mattia Preti’s painting “St. John the Baptist Preaching,” circa 1665

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

A special Advent Wednesday Morning Prayer with St. Ignatius is held each Wednesday in the Prep Chapel at 8:45 am.  Register


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Advent- Mary’s “Yes”

Mary, in the midst of your life, you heard your call. In hearing it, you were told, “Do not be afraid.” (Luke 1:30) In the busyness of your life, God offered you an invitation. On one ordinary evening, you were able to say “yes.”

In this season of Advent, when we celebrate your ability to hear God’s invitation and respond positively, I ask that you pray for us. Pray that we, too, may have hearts tuned to God’s voice. Pray that we might be comforted the way the angel Gabriel comforted you. Pray that we, too, can respond to God’s invitations in our lives so that we might continue to bring light into the world the way you did by offering us the greatest light, Jesus. Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Becky Eldridge, Loyola Press

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

A special Advent Wednesday Morning Prayer with St. Ignatius is held each Wednesday in the Prep Chapel at 8:45am.  Register

community.

Best Regards,

Brian Carney
Vice President for Mission & Identity

 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Advent- Waiting in Hope

Advent, a time of waiting in hope. This hope is not simply wishful thinking or an optimism that things will turn out okay. Our hope is based on God’s promise of salvation and on the faith that God will not let us down.

I realized that one very important thing that makes advent a hopeful time is the fact that I know that the Incarnation already happened, that God is with us, that God’s promise has been fulfilled and that God’s kingdom has started with Jesus.  T

Another thing that struck me, was Jesus’ line to the blind men in the gospel passage:

"Do you believe that I can do this?"

"Let it be done for you according to your faith." (Vv. 28, 30)

I would like to invite us to ponder these two lines in light of everything that might be worrying or overwhelming us and ask for a stronger faith.

  • Mariana Miller, Creighton University

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

A special Advent Wednesday Morning Prayer with St. Ignatius is held each Wednesday in the Prep Chapel at 8:45am.  Register


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Advent- Simple Practices

Most of us go for a coffee or tea break with friends from time to time. Why not add one simple aspect to such a date? Sometime during Advent, take half an hour for that coffee or tea break with a couple of friends or coworkers. As you’re sipping and relaxing, ask one another these questions:

  • What gives you reason to hope?

  • What are you looking forward to?

Advent is, after all, about hope and promise and looking forward to what is about to come to us. We so naturally fall into conversations about what’s going wrong in the world and about what worries or angers us. For just one coffee date, shift the conversation.

Vinita Hampton Wright, Loyola Press

See More suggestions for simple practices during Advent here

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

A special Advent Wednesday Morning Prayer with St. Ignatius is held each Wednesday in the Prep Chapel at 8:45am.  Register

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Receiving Advent

As I begin Advent every year now, I start with the realization that I need to let go of any and all spiritual impediments I’m hanging onto. Advent is a time of receiving. It’s hard to receive if your hands are clasped shut. So I begin Advent once again with this prayer: Holy Spirit of God, open my hands, my eyes, my ears, all my senses, and all of my heart so I will be ready to receive your Advent blessings.

And then I sit there in the Advent darkness, my hands open before me, waiting on God.
 - Tom McGrath, Loyola Press

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

A special Advent Wednesday Morning Prayer with St. Ignatius is held each Wednesday in the Prep Chapel at 8:45am.  Register


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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


A special Advent Wednesday Morning Prayer with St. Ignatius is held each Wednesday in the Prep Chapel at 8:45am. Register

 

Monday, December 3, 2018

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

Join us for our annual Advent Supper this Thursday at 6:30PM in the Prep Commons. Register

A special Advent Wednesday Morning Prayer with St. Ignatius is held each Wednesday in the Prep Chapel at 8:45am. Register

 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

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.


Join us for our annual Advent Supper this Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Prep Commons.  Register


A special Advent Wednesday Morning Prayer with St. Ignatius is held each Wednesday in the Prep Chapel at 8:45 am.  Register

 

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