I might be exhausted from the pandemic, or frustrated that I can’t control a math class, or anxious about the election, but that all pales in comparison to everyone I’m praying for. What my students have taught me, though, is that behind this faux-humility is my false belief that I can probably resolve my exhaustion or frustration or anxiety by myself. My students have taught me so much about prayer. Read and reflect with me about wisdom that can arise from seventh graders.
Perhaps, like me, you are discerning how you should spend your holidays? You are praying and asking God to show you how to be present to your loved ones and still keep them safe. As I pray with all my anger, frustration, loneliness, and hunger for loved ones this holiday season, I am reminded that God often provides for us in ways we don’t expect or even necessarily want.
November, we formally mark the recollection of our beloved dead, has passed away. Now we’re in the season of Advent, a penitential season, a time to take stock of what we need and whether we’re willing to wait for it. And, as if All Souls and Advent weren’t a reminder of death, we’re still living in this pandemic, which has claimed the lives of nearly 1.5 million people worldwide. This might sound dire, but we’re in Advent, so there is hope! Hope in our waiting. Take a moment and reflect with me on waiting!
Advent is a time of waiting, but Jeff Ryan Miraflor SJ reminds us that we should also rejoice because we know what we’re waiting for. Check out this One-Minute Homily based on the readings for Sunday, December 15, 2019. Rejoice, the Lord is near! Rejoice! Hi, I’m Jeff Ryan Miraflor and this is my One-Minute […]
When I was growing up, my mom used to make a point about switching our normal weekend Mass attendance during Advent from Sunday mornings to Saturday evenings. She would say that there is something about attending Mass in the dark that helps us feel the season of Advent.
Advent is here and Jesus reminds us to be attentive and stay awake! Damian Torres-Botello, SJ, kicks off a brand new season and new look to the One-Minute Homily. Based on the readings for Sunday, December 1. It’s Advent! Stay awake! Let the waiting begin! Hello! I’m Damian Torres-Botello and this is my One-Minute Reflection. […]
Advent is a time of preparation. Brian Strassburger, SJ, reflects on how we prepare ourselves for Christ. Based on the readings for Sunday, December 9, 2018, which you can find here: https://bit.ly/2Raxknu