Be Kind to One Another - And to Yourself
God of all people, sometimes it is hard to trust that you are at work in my life, that you are truly coming into my life in each and every moment of each and every day. I pray for the grace that I may trust you. And that I may see you more clearly today, tomorrow and as I welcome Christ anew into my life this Christmas.
A Christmas Mess
For Pope Francis, a perfect Christmas begins with us “making a mess” — that is to say taking a risk, seeing and speaking out about bad situations, doing something new, something different, something for justice, something that could change the misfortunes of the present so that the blessed future might arrive. Make and embrace a mess, and change it with love so that it no longer hinders life but becomes the new creation that Jesus brings, one that truly praises our Lord.
Now. Discern. This.
God of truth, we know you are constantly speaking to us. In the people around us, we see you; we hear you. In the joys and challenges placed before us, you are at work, nudging us along. In those moments of silence, you speak an encouraging word to us. Help us to hear you, in all the ways you speak to us, and to act.
Hail Mary, Mother of Our World
On the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patron Saint of the Americas, offer your prayers for all asylum seekers at the U.S.’s southern border that they may find safety, security, and refuge. Learn more about the work of JRS/Mexico and it’s work to serve asylum seekers.
Advent is a liturgical season of great significance to Christians. We have the opportunity to reflect on, and prepare for, Jesus to enter the world as a child in need of love and care. As we contemplate Jesus as a child, vulnerable and fragile, we are able to see his greatness.
This reflection comes from the Office of Ignatian Spirituality and is available in Spanish.