Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On behalf of your staff and clergy we pray that you will have a Blessed and Healthy Thanksgiving this year. As people in the United States who celebrate a day of Thanksgiving we recall the blessings we can be grateful for and to always be reminded this year in particular of those who celebrate without a loved one at the table, or for people who are isolated and alone in their homes or in skilled nursing homes and for those who cannot afford the trimmings of a meal. The day of Thanksgiving can also help us prepare for the coming of the Season of Advent this Sunday as we look forward with grateful hearts to the coming of Christ. The Season of Advent will always invite us to prepare the homes of our hearts in order to give room to Christ and to strengthen our hands to serve our brothers and sisters. May the Season of Advent be a time for thanks, gratitude, and a love that will always seek out Emmanuel and allow God to be with you.
May you know the Lord’s presence in this time as we all face the pandemic viral increases together. If you know someone who is elderly and alone think about contacting them. If you know that someone is in economic need please have them call us at St. Mary’s. If you are aware of a family in distress or a child without adequate winter clothing please have them contact us at St. Mary’s. When we face this crisis together with a desire to connect and with compassion, we say we are a people who do not fear but act in faith. Being mindful of one another at St. Mary’s tells the Lord that he is Emmanuel for us.
May you be blessed. In Christ,
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A gift for Jesus
Today we begin the Season of Advent. This year, as we prepare for Christmas, think about how you like to show your fondness for the special people in your life by choosing gifts that will be meaningful to them. And yet, assuming that you can actually find something (or make something) that will be appreciated, does it always make a difference in the long run?
How many gifts have you given in the past that became mere dust-collectors? Which ones turned out to be truly valuable with a long-lasting impact?
Since Christmas is the celebration of the birthday of Jesus, let’s remember to give him a gift, too. God deserves more gifts than anyone else, but what do you give to someone who already has everything? Or does he?
What gift can you give to Jesus that will have an eternal impact, a gift that no one else can give him, a gift he doesn’t already have? What have you been withholding from him? What talent or activity or ministry or commitment or change in lifestyle?
This Sunday’s first reading reminds us that God is our Father. The responsorial Psalm asks the Father to help us turn to him. The second reading gives thanks to God for all that he has done for us. So – what gift can you give to God to express your appreciation for what he has given to you?
In the Gospel reading, we’re reminded of the need to prepare – to actually do something that makes a difference – for the coming of Christ. This not only refers to his Second Coming. It’s also about the day when he comes for us as we breathe our last earthly breath. It’s about the way he wants to come to you during this year’s Season of Christmas. And it’s about the way he is coming to you right now, today.
There’s something new that he wants to give you. When he offers it, will he find you doing what’s right (as in the first reading)? Will he find you using your spiritual gifts (as in the second reading)? Will he find you alert and ready to do his bidding (as in the Gospel reading)?
Advent is an opportunity to take notice of the gifts he gives us and for becoming aware of the gifts we can give to him that he doesn’t already have. It should make an eternal difference – for him and for us.
Part 2 of an interview with Linda van Aken, director of and driving force behind, the Vincentius Nijmegen, which aims to alleviate poverty and loneliness of fellow citizens.
On September 27, the Vincentian Family NGO representatives at the UN presented a virtual event in celebration of World Cities Day, October 30.
We have been very close as a family despite the distance between our homes.
Two readings that regularly show up towards the end of the liturgical year capture my imagination.
Viewing Mary not just in that one marvelous moment of the Annunciation but in the context of a lifetime of discipleship.
Part 1 of an interview with Linda van Aken, director of and driving force behind, the Vincentius Nijmegen, which aims to alleviate poverty and loneliness of fellow citizens.
Encountering Christ in the Poor
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Congregation of the Mission
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“A Sister of Charity’s Rule of Life should be for her what wings are to a bird– motive force without weight.” – St. Vincent de Paul – Lord, we all need direction or a rule of life. May these structures provide us with a sure and simple way to you.
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