Prayer for Hope
we begin this season of Advent
in great anticipation
of the Coming of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
We have experienced the suffering of all
Your creation. We have seen the pain,
the violence, the sorrow and the grief
that is in our world.
Fill us with the hope that is in Your Son.
Grant us the strength to persevere
in following Him; in loving You
and loving our neighbor
and tending to our “common home.”
In Jesus’ Name, we pray, Amen.
Dan O’Donnell shares his reflections on the readings for today. Dan is a Passionist Partner and a longtime friend of the Passionists. He lives in Chicago.
A Poem of Hope
as it spins in circles,
falling into shadow.
The Earth’s creatures
in their waking hours.
Snow falls and settles,
blanketing the ground with silence
twinkling back at the stars.
It is at the final pause
of this great exhalation
that the infusion of
the Divine is implanted.
With the flick of a match
a single flame of hope,
distinct in the darkness,
transforming night into treasure.
Call to Action:
Name a hope you have for yourself, your family, your community this Advent. What can you do to make it a reality?