December 8th – Second Tuesday of Advent

Posted on December 8, 2015 by - Advent Reflections

8Today’s Gospel

“Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word,’ (Luke 1:38).”

Daily Advent Reflection

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It reminds us of how Mary said “Yes” to God despite the consequences of this “Yes” and how people would respond to her. She said “Yes” in gratitude and lived as a witness. Today is also the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy during which Pope Francis hopes that all will experience a true moment of encounter with the mercy of God.

Daily Advent Challenge

“Today I will try to be a person of healing, bringing peace to those with whom I am in contact.”

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

December 7th – Second Monday of Advent

Posted on December 7, 2015 by - Advent Reflections

7Today’s Gospel

“Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?,” (Luke 5:23).

Daily Advent Reflection

In this well-known story, a paralyzed man is lowered through a roof because a large crowd has gathered in front of Jesus making it impossible for the man to get through to see Him. It is hoped that Jesus will cure the man’s paralysis but instead Jesus tells him “My friend, your sins are forgiven you.”

Was this because the man’s soul was in greater need of healing than his body? In the story Jesus goes on to show that he has the power to heal both and the man gets up and walks away. What in your life needs healing? Ask God to bring healing to this part of your life.

Daily Advent Challenge

“Today I will try to be a person of healing, bringing peace to those with whom I am in contact.”

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

Community Spotlight: Batman Rosary Signals Prayer In A Dark Night

Posted on December 4, 2015 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

RosaryIf Batman were Catholic, you’d no doubt find this in his utility belt. However, this Batman-themed Rosary can be found on the wall of the cafeteria of St. Pius X Catholic School in Greensboro, NC. The Rosary was designed for graduate, Matthew Basel. Matthew was recently diagnosed with cancer- Ewing’s Sarcoma. Matthew is now a sophomore in college, but St. Pius does not forget its own.

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Remembering Our Brothers and Sisters in San Bernardino

Posted on December 4, 2015 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

This past Wednesday, our brothers and sisters in San Bernardino endured an unspeakable tragedy and so many innocent lives were cut short. In response, LPi created a free bulletin cover so that any church who wanted to could honor those fallen in thoughts and prayer.

PC040029-smThe Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth, MN, took that image and has put it on display at their entrances as a reminder of those lost and as a reminder that even when tragedies occur, God is our ever-present help and our stronghold.

If your church is also doing something special, please share your stories so that we can all stand together as one to embrace the community in San Bernardino.

December 6th – Second Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 4, 2015 by - Advent Reflections

6Today’s Gospel

“‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. And all flesh shall see the salvation of God,’ (Luke 3:4,6).”

Daily Advent Reflection

Although sin is not a common word today, we all have responsibility for our actions, both the good and the bad. We all have a need for the love and mercy of God.

Daily Advent Challenge

“Today I ask for the grace to repent of the actions that lead me from God and to change and grow in love of God and others.”

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

December 5th – First Saturday of Advent

Posted on December 4, 2015 by - Advent Reflections

5Today’s Gospel

“At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them,” (Matthew 9:36).

Daily Advent Reflection

In this short extract from today’s Gospel reading we have a glimpse of the compassion of Jesus. What is it like to imagine Jesus looking at me with compassion? Try to spend a few minutes under that compassionate gaze.

Daily Advent Challenge

“Today I will consciously reach out with the gift of God’s compassion and mercy to a person in need.”

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

December 4th – First Friday of Advent

Posted on December 4, 2015 by - Advent Reflections

4Today’s Gospel

“‘Do you believe that I can do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘Let it be done for you according to your faith.’ And their eyes were opened,” (Matthew 9:28, 29).

Daily Advent Reflection

We all have blind spots—areas in our individual and community lives that are perhaps too comfortable. Today we might look courageously at a “blind spot” in our own lives and ask Jesus to help us to overcome it. Perhaps we could think about how we steward our material possessions or our time. Is there an opportunity today to act differently?

Daily Advent Challenge

“I will consciously look at how I spend money and time today and not be blind to how I use these gifts.”

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

December 3rd – First Thursday of Advent

Posted on December 3, 2015 by - Advent Reflections

3Today’s Gospel

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock, (Matthew 7:24).”

Daily Advent Reflection

What are the foundations on which my life is built? To what extent do I live by the Word of God? To what extent do I follow the patterning of the life and example of Jesus? Are my foundations firm?

Daily Advent Challenge

“Today, I will identify one thing in my life that leads me away from God and make a realistic plan of how I can change this, either now or over time, so that my life is built on firmer foundations.”

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark