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Advent Reflection - Fourth Week


“We are the first generations to know the Great Story of God’s Universe,
a Sacred Story that contains all other stories including our own.”

- Thomas Berry


As we begin our reflection for the fourth week of Advent, we, like Mary, are called to answer a personal invitation from God. Listening with our hearts, we could, out of our abundance, seek to alleviate the “pain of our brokenhearted world.” In his book, From the Stars to the Street, James Conlan adds that to begin this process, we need to “celebrate with others the possibility of change. We dissolve fear with courage, despair with hope, obsession with awareness. With an ongoing interplay of action and reflection we move forward to transform the world.” (p. 82)

In acknowledging the need for change as a result of becoming conscious of ourselves as one with all of creation, we can now take up the challenge both globally and locally to ponder such questions as:

  1. What does God ask of you at this time in your life?
  2. How do you see yourself as part of the Sacred Story of God’s Universe?
  3. With the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas, how could you focus on the real meaning of Christmas?

As you journal your answers, ponder how you can create strategies of change to make the world a better place for the children. James Conlon suggests that we contemplate such changes by opening ourselves to:

New ways to transform our world.
New ways that are just.
New ways that are strategic.
New ways that are cosmic and cultural.
New ways to listen.
New ways to feel the pain of others, and of the earth.
New ways to celebrate with courage, hope, awareness, and action.
New ways to act with the universe in mind.
New ways to respond with possibilities for engagement.
New ways that are powerful, purposeful, strategic, and strong. (p. 82)

   4. Who are you willing to be in order to fulfill your calling right now?

As we reflect on our response, let us go forward to greet the Lord in gratitude and joy, echoing Mary, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1.38)

- Bride Doyle, Associate


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