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Advent Reflection 2015


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                         Mary Southard | December 3, 2015


“I Am About To Do a Brand New Thing!”
By Mary Southard, CSJ

Woman's Song of Peace  

“I Am About To Do a Brand New Thing!”

“Remember not the former things,
or consider the things of the past.
I am about to do a brand new thing:
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”
Is. 43: 18-19
          Woman's Song of Peace

Advent is a season wherein our deepest longings are felt, and Christian rituals are filled with hope and promise. These words spoken through the Prophet Isaiah bring such a message of hope to us as we contemplate our world in great crisis in our “now”. This is a moment of recognition.  The “things of the past” are destroying us, and the Holy One’s promise is…”I am about to do a brand new thing!”   Let’s tune in so that we might perceive it springing forth!

The Climate talks (Nov. 30—Dec.11) now in their fourth day in Paris, are giving signs of a “brand new thing” that God is doing in human hearts all over the world.  This Advent moment could be the longed for turning point-- toward a world of collaboration, HOPE and healing. Let us be tuned in each day to its springing forth. And let us be there in prayer!

A Prayer for the Leaders of the Climate Change Conference
Paris, France
November 30 – December 11, 2015

Our prayers for each of you are that as you go into this conference you hold the vision of birthing a new season of life for Earth in this perilous time . . . a future of unpolluted waters and breathable air and all species living harmoniously as one sacred earth community.

"We pray that the differences among you be honored with respect and dignity rather than judgement, and that you come to the level of communion with one another out of a common love of Earth that unifies us all.

We pray that your deepest concerns and intentions be not for individual interests but for the whole of Creation which can bring us together as never before in all of our human history.
We pray that your work together may heal deep wounds of violence and assault upon Earth and one another and that in your meetings, the Spirit of Love will be called upon to assist all your efforts.

We pray that both the wisdom of science and the wisdom of the heart be called upon throughout your days together through rituals, prayers, and deepened mutual presence to one another.
We pray that this historic conference in which each of you has been called to participate, will lead us to our true sense of belonging to this Earth, and guide each of us to take our own unique places in the great healing work of our time."

In the words of Thomas Berry:  “May you know that you will be guided by the same Divine Power that spun the galaxies into space, lit the sun and brought the moon into orbit.”

(This prayer, inspired by eco-visionary and author Thomas Berry, was written by the Odyssey Fellows 2015 from Pickard’s Mountain Eco-Institute in Chapel Hill, NC)

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