Laredo, TX  Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF
November 29 – December 5, 2015

“May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all…so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus…”

1 Thessalonians 3: 12

In this statement from the First Sunday of Advent we have the plan for the new Church year – “love one another.” Jesus’ message is summoned up in these simple words; he only added a very challenging phrase – “as I have loved you.”

John 15:12

Advent is a time for putting these words into practice. It is also a time of waiting for the special celebration of the birth of Jesus. However, Jesus is coming every moment of our lives. Perhaps we are too busy to notice these moments, so the Advent season provides us with opportunities to hone up our skills in recognizing Jesus’ presence in our marriage partner, our children, our parents, our friends, our community and in all of creation.

Advent is also Mary’s season – a time to remember her preparation to become the cradle of the Son of God and to give him human life. Her life teaches us the beautiful lessons of faith, trust, hope, patience and love. We can travel this Season with daily thoughts of what it means to be bringers of light into the world. We can be welcoming people, who accept the refugee as did Egypt in giving Joseph, Mary and Jesus a place to live when Herod threatened their child’s life. When life is uncomfortable or brings us suffering, we can recall the precarious and the unknown road Mary followed. We can also experience great joy in having Mary as our Mother.

St. Andrew, Apostle, makes his appearance this week. He was a follower of John the Baptist and recognized Jesus as the Messiah. He introduced his brother, Peter, to Jesus. He was martyred on an X cross by being bound by ropes to prolong his suffering. He has long list of patronage, but perhaps the ones that may be most meaningful to us is to pray to him for a happy marriage and healing of fever and sore throats.

St. Francis Xavier is a co-founder of the Jesuits. He is considered one of the greatest missionaries after the apostles. He is patron of foreign missions.

Your sister on this Advent journey,
Sister Rosemarie Goins


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