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Wednesday of Hope – No One/Nothing is Hopeless

 

When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.

– Charles L. Allen

These doors are displayed on the lawn in front of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Oak Park, Illinois. Last year someone broke in and painted racial graffiti and swastikas inside this church preaches that God’s love includes everyone.

Wednesday of Hope – One Day at a Time

Today is only a small manageable segment of time in which our difficulties need not overwhelm us. This lifts from our hearts and minds the heavy weight of both past and future.

– Anonymous, One Day at a Time in Al-Anon

The Greatest Gift

The greatest gift one can give is thanksgiving. In giving gifts, we give what we can spare, but in giving thanks we give ourselves.

– David Steindl-Rast, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer

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Wednesday’s Child Is Full of . . . Hope

The theme for the month of November (on Sundays) is still Gratitude. But for this particular Wednesday, I’ve decided we need a change in the words of the nursery rhyme. I’m going to squeeze a little hope in alongside gratitude. Don’t you think they’ll do well together???

Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe  hope,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonnie and blithe and good and gay.
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O Key of David, Come!

O Come, Key of David< and open our hearts

O Come, Key of David< and open our hearts

This week of Advent is the week of the O Antiphons.

Today’s O Antiphon is:

Alleluia, Alleluia.
O Key of David,
Opening the gates of God’s
Eternal Kingdom:

Come and free the
Prisoners of darkness!

Alleluia, Alleluia.

To learn more about them, please read from last year’s posts starting with: The O Antiphons are Coming!

Let Us Be Simple, and Turn into the House of Wisdom

One of the stork capitals on the exterior of Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio and home in Oak Park, IL. We can see a tree of life, and architectural scroll, and four storks who represent wisdom and fruitfulness. This sculpture was designed by Richard Bock.

We are encouraged in Sunday’s First Reading from the Book of Proverbs (Pr. 9:1-6) to seek wisdom.

Wisdom has built her house,
she has set up her seven columns;

she has dressed her meat,
mixed her wine,
yes, she has spread her table.

She has sent out her maidens;
she calls from the heights out over the city:

“Let whoever is simple turn in here;”

To the one who lacks understanding, she says,

“Come, eat of my food,
and drink of the wine I have mixed!

Forsake foolishness that you may live;
advance in the way of understanding.”