12-09-2018 "Everyone Has Something to Give to Help Others"

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
DECEMBER 9, 2018 - SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFE RELEASE OF LEAH SHARIBU AND OTHERS WHO ARE HELD CAPTIVE BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO RENOUNCE THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
"It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.”

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
"EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING TO GIVE TO HELP OTHERS"
What positive change would you like to see happen now in your life?

Meaningful change generally happens only after we first acknowledge our need to change. Decide this Advent season to make one positive change in your life. Choose just one thing. It should be concrete and manageable. For example, you might work on changing the way you relate to just one person in your life. Or you might work on eliminating a negative habit, such as the urge to judge others rather than seeking to be more compassionate.

We begin to recognize that a primary purpose of this life is to learn how to love as God loves, as exemplified through the life and teachings of Jesus. Love is more fully shown and experienced in and through our acts, deeds, and behavior, rather than just words.

When we experience God’s love, we begin to love ourselves. We then begin to desire to love God in return, and to love what and who God loves.

Where does God speak to you amid the noise and activity of your everyday life. Are you open to listening, seeing, and experiencing God in the graces offered to us each and every day—in the gift of life, the beauty and goodness of creation, in the needs of our brothers and sisters, in the moral challenges we face, and in the quiet promptings of our hearts.

God speaks and acts in many ways. Try to be attentive to the ways God is actually relating with you now—through your relationships with a family member, friend, or stranger, the quiet beauty of nature, the challenges of daily events in your life, and the world events around us. Accept God’s gifts with gratitude and thanksgiving. Allow them to transform your heart and mind—your entire being—calling you forth to be and emit sparks of Christ’s light, love and life for others.

One of the most remarkable virtues of Jesus was his love and compassion for suffering people – the forgotten, neglected, marginalized, and disenfranchised. Moved by the suffering of the poor, the sick and the socially outcast, Jesus welcomed, fed, healed, forgave, encouraged, empowered, and gave hope. He also challenged and stood up to those people and systems responsible for the oppression and suffering of so many. Jesus sought to relieve this suffering and calls us to do the same through the power of the indwelling Spirit.

Everyone has something to give to help others. We can begin right now by giving to others what they need the most—-our love, peace, compassion, hope, and standing in solidarity with them. As Jesus instructs, “Love one another as I have loved you.” (Jn 13:34).
Reflect on Your Experience

What gifts are you grateful for in your life?

How do you believe you can best express your love for another, especially to those who suffer?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  
Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia
Videos
"Prepare the Way of the Lord"

"The Spirituality of Advent" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"What is Advent"

"Advent in 2 Minutes" (Busted Halo)

"What Tomorrow Brings"

"Advent: More than a Chocolate Calendar" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)
Music
"Prepare the Way"

"His Strength is Perfect"

"Waiting in Silence"
Other Resources
"How to Celebrate Advent Like a Catholic"

"Prepare the Way of the Lord"

"How to Love Well According to Pope Francis: It Starts with God"

"Four Gifts for You this Advent"

Advent and Christmas Resources 2018-2019

Other Prayer Resources

Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
Reflection
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