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Wednesday of Hope – Hope in Chaos

Whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.

– Septima Clark

Prayer is Hope in Action

To clasp hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.

– Karl Barth

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Yesterday’s photo, but with a suggestion of just how we might redeem our cities. Hope in action!

Recover the Gifts of Faith, Hope, and Endurance

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How shall we redeem our streets?

We do not have to sit around immobilized, waiting for help to come. We can learn to care for our society. If our streets are to be redeemed we will have to commit our own human and financial resources to that goal. We will have to recover our gifts of faith and hope and endurance, evoke the gifts of other persons, and thus develop leaders and facilitators for the building of a global network of small, disciplined, self-critical groups whose reflection will issue in purposeful action. This is a way to join in the liberation movement that is going on in all the poor countries of the world. We are not the initiators of this movement. Even the suffering ones of the earth are not the initiators, though they are the genuine leaders. The movement is God’s.

– Elizabeth O’Connor, Source: Servant Leaders Servant Structures

Handling the Christmas Rush

times_squareIt gets so busy this time of year. Hectic might be a better word! And this busyness comes at a time when we would like to step back and relish the season. We might even entertain some “romantic” notions that  . . . if only we were in a monastery away from all this craziness, then we would have a really spiritual Advent and Christmas. Of course, even in the monastery we cannot run away from ourselves. Here are some thoughts from Andrew Greeley, SJ.

It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of God—the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not run from the secular; rather we try to transform it. It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized the Christmas tree. And we do this by being holy people—kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people—no matter how maddening is the Christmas rush…