St. Angela Merici, Woman of Unity and Harmony
“My last word to you, by which I implore you even with my blood, is that you live in harmony, united together, all of one heart and one will. Be bound to one another by the bond of charity, esteeming each other, helping each other, bearing with each other in Jesus Christ.
For if you strive to be like this, without any doubt, God will be in your midst… See then how important …
“You Are Full of Grace”
This Advent I think we all need to hear the words of the angel to Mary in this Sunday’s Gospel, but we need to hear those words spoken to each of us: “You are full of grace. The Lord is with you.”
We have been through some very dark months --- a global pandemic that is still ravaging, racial injustices that have smacked us in the face, and an election that proves just how tragically divided …
Today, the Scripture readings call us to joy. The Third Sunday of Advent known as “Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday” is that break in our Advent preparation where we move into a brighter day, a day of “Welcoming the Light.” The readings for Gaudete Sunday deal with rejoicing in our God as well as the mission of John the Baptist and his connection with Advent. Rejoice and witness. These are the two messages we have today. My main focus in this reflection …