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.
Father Pat Brennan, CP, shares his Scripture reflection for today. Father Pat is the director of Saint Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center, Detroit, Michigan.
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:
Make time to have a one-on-one conversation with someone you have wanted to “check in on.” Give them your full listening presence.