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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

When the war against Ukraine began on February 24th of this year, some friends asked if I would write a prayer for the Ukrainians, every day until the war ended. “Sure,” I said, “It looks like it’s only going to last a couple of weeks.” And so I wrote a prayer every day. I subscribed to an extra New York Times edition that gives daily updates on the war.

And by Pentecost (June 5th) I knew that I couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t stare at that darkness one more day. I couldn’t make myself know about the war. I cried “Uncle,” and almost immediately the sadness began to lift.

I remembered that the other day, when a kind friend said, “Kathy, I want you to send LIGHT to Putin.” And I realized that the opposite had happened. The more light I tried to send, the darker my world became.

It’s Advent now, and the war is still raging. I let those Advent readings shine a flashlight into my heart, seeking out the darkness, and exhorting me to work towards the day when “nations shall not train for war again” (Is. 2:4).

The great scripture scholar John McKenzie, SJ, says this: “Paul advises the Romans to live now what they want forever.” That’s it exactly, isn’t it? Live right this minute what you want forever to look like. For Paul, that meant giving up the allure of darkness, of illicit sexual unions, of drunkenness. Live today how you want every day of eternity to be.

I want the war to end, today. I re-commit to daily prayer for this, because peace today is what I want for every day of eternity.

How are you living now what you want forever?

Kathy McGovern ©2022 www.thestoryandyou.com

Advent in Daylight

Join Kathy McGovern, author of the weekly scripture column The Story and You, on Saturday, December 3rd, as she leads the annual Advent retreat for women and men in the parish hall at Immaculate Conception Church in Lafayette, CO.  There is no charge.

WHERE:
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
715 Cabrini Dr, Lafayette, CO 80026

WHEN:
December 3rd, 10am-11:30am

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Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
I invite you to enter into my heart with your Spirit.
I embrace you with my mind, my heart, and my soul.
Please, never permit me to be separated from you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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