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December 31, 2015

1 John 2: 18-21

Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Trust in His Truth

How befitting this reading is for today and in these times. The first words speak of the last hour, and here we are in the waning hours of 2015. Like the lines that follow, we see so much evil in our world; so many “antichrists” rising up to spread hatred and fear. And yet this scripture passage also comforts us by pointing to our knowledge of the Holy One and His anointing upon us. It is in His truth that we will prevail.

As we enter this New Year, let us hold fast to the truth that is Christ Jesus. He is our refuge and protection. He is our courage and motivation. Through our knowledge of Him and anointing in Him, our “ordinary” becomes “extraordinary”. We can look forward to 2016 with a hope rooted in the Holy One. For in Him, there is no defeat.

—Michael Gabriele serves as Director of Communications for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland..

Prayer

Lord, as we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

—New Year’s prayer, © Loyola Press: A Jesuit Ministry, Chicago IL.

 

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Trust in His Truth

How befitting this reading is for today and in these times. The first words speak of the last hour, and here we are in the waning hours of 2015. Like the lines that follow, we see so much evil in our world; so many “antichrists” rising up to spread hatred and fear. And yet this scripture passage also comforts us by pointing to our knowledge of the Holy One and His anointing upon us. It is in His truth that we will prevail.

As we enter this New Year, let us hold fast to the truth that is Christ Jesus. He is our refuge and protection. He is our courage and motivation. Through our knowledge of Him and anointing in Him, our “ordinary” becomes “extraordinary”. We can look forward to 2016 with a hope rooted in the Holy One. For in Him, there is no defeat.

—Michael Gabriele serves as Director of Communications for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland..

 

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Prayer

Lord, as we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

—New Year’s prayer, © Loyola Press: A Jesuit Ministry, Chicago IL.

 

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1 John 2: 18-21

Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

 

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December 30, 2015

Lk 2: 36-40

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

To Anyone Who Will Listen  

Because of her advanced age and daily commitment to praying in the temple, Anna became someone who was respected. After so many years of praying, hoping, and waiting for her redeemer, God gave her the opportunity to see the Christ child face-to-face when Mary brought him to the temple. So even after so many years, hope and patience like that of Anna’s can be rewarded. In other words, we are never too old and it’s never too late to have something constructive to do in our relationship with God.

As modern day Catholics, in the busy lives we all lead, it’s both natural and typical to hope for a better job, a sleeker physique, a nicer car or place to live, and other “stuff.” But what about hoping for a better spiritual life with God? Hoping for a better relationship with Him? We don’t necessarily need to spend all day in church like Anna but, during the Christmas season, if you’ve felt your hopes dashed, maybe it’s time to take an approach like hers? Be patient, but be proactive too.

John and Katie Nicolau are active members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Glenview IL, where they have lived for over 23 years. They have been married for 32 years and have 4 children, three of whom graduated from Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL, John’s alma mater. John also serves on the board of Charis, a Jesuit ministry for young adults.

Prayer

Christ be our light, shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness.

Christ be our light, shine in your Church, gathered today.

—Bernadette Farrell, in Christ, Be Our Light, © OCP Publications, Inc., 1993.

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Prayer

Christ be our light, shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness.

Christ be our light, shine in your Church, gathered today.

—Bernadette Farrell, in Christ, Be Our Light, © OCP Publications, Inc., 1993.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


To Anyone Who Will Listen

Because of her advanced age and daily commitment to praying in the temple, Anna became someone who was respected. After so many years of praying, hoping, and waiting for her redeemer, God gave her the opportunity to see the Christ child face-to-face when Mary brought him to the temple. So even after so many years, hope and patience like that of Anna’s can be rewarded. In other words, we are never too old and it’s never too late to have something constructive to do in our relationship with God.

As modern day Catholics, in the busy lives we all lead, it’s both natural and typical to hope for a better job, a sleeker physique, a nicer car or place to live, and other “stuff.” But what about hoping for a better spiritual life with God? Hoping for a better relationship with Him? We don’t necessarily need to spend all day in church like Anna but, during the Christmas season, if you’ve felt your hopes dashed, maybe it’s time to take an approach like hers? Be patient, but be proactive too.

John and Katie Nicolau are active members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Glenview IL, where they have lived for over 23 years. They have been married for 32 years and have 4 children, three of whom graduated from Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL, John’s alma mater. John also serves on the board of Charis, a Jesuit ministry for young adults.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Lk 2: 36-40

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

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December 29, 2015

St. Thomas Becket

Lk 2: 22-35

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.

Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Time for Light and Love

On retreat once, I prayed with John 1:5“the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” “And,” my retreat director said, “it never will.” It’s hard to believe that these days. Closed borders and lethal bombings, environmental crises and millions in exile, racism, homophobia, hunger. We have all but forgotten that people, even more than theologies and ideologies, matter most. But, scripture reminds us.

Simeon finds peace cradling the Christ childfulfillment of the word, salvation of every people, light to all nations. Yet, still a child. A person. John implores us to remember: we who hate others are fooling ourselves into thinking that we live in light. We cannot experience the divine if we fail to care.

I must put down my anger, hatred, and fear of people. Advent is over. I have waited long enough. Now is the time for light and love.
—Eric Immel, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He also serves as a Jesuit vocation promoter and is a prolific author.

Prayer

Come, O God, and set me free. Break the chains that hold me hostage. Heal my heart with the new life and love of Jesus, born anew to our waiting world. Let the gifts and lessons of this Christmas week sink deep into my soul.
Blessed be God! Amen!”

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Come, O God, and set me free. Break the chains that hold me hostage. Heal my heart with the new life and love of Jesus, born anew to our waiting world. Let the gifts and lessons of this Christmas week sink deep into my soul.
Blessed be God! Amen!”

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





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December 31, 2015

1 John 2: 18-21

Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Trust in His Truth

How befitting this reading is for today and in these times. The first words speak of the last hour, and here we are in the waning hours of 2015. Like the lines that follow, we see so much evil in our world; so many “antichrists” rising up to spread hatred and fear. And yet this scripture passage also comforts us by pointing to our knowledge of the Holy One and His anointing upon us. It is in His truth that we will prevail.

As we enter this New Year, let us hold fast to the truth that is Christ Jesus. He is our refuge and protection. He is our courage and motivation. Through our knowledge of Him and anointing in Him, our “ordinary” becomes “extraordinary”. We can look forward to 2016 with a hope rooted in the Holy One. For in Him, there is no defeat.

—Michael Gabriele serves as Director of Communications for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland..

Prayer

Lord, as we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

—New Year’s prayer, © Loyola Press: A Jesuit Ministry, Chicago IL.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Trust in His Truth

How befitting this reading is for today and in these times. The first words speak of the last hour, and here we are in the waning hours of 2015. Like the lines that follow, we see so much evil in our world; so many “antichrists” rising up to spread hatred and fear. And yet this scripture passage also comforts us by pointing to our knowledge of the Holy One and His anointing upon us. It is in His truth that we will prevail.

As we enter this New Year, let us hold fast to the truth that is Christ Jesus. He is our refuge and protection. He is our courage and motivation. Through our knowledge of Him and anointing in Him, our “ordinary” becomes “extraordinary”. We can look forward to 2016 with a hope rooted in the Holy One. For in Him, there is no defeat.

—Michael Gabriele serves as Director of Communications for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland..

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Lord, as we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

—New Year’s prayer, © Loyola Press: A Jesuit Ministry, Chicago IL.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


1 John 2: 18-21

Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


December 30, 2015

Lk 2: 36-40

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

To Anyone Who Will Listen  

Because of her advanced age and daily commitment to praying in the temple, Anna became someone who was respected. After so many years of praying, hoping, and waiting for her redeemer, God gave her the opportunity to see the Christ child face-to-face when Mary brought him to the temple. So even after so many years, hope and patience like that of Anna’s can be rewarded. In other words, we are never too old and it’s never too late to have something constructive to do in our relationship with God.

As modern day Catholics, in the busy lives we all lead, it’s both natural and typical to hope for a better job, a sleeker physique, a nicer car or place to live, and other “stuff.” But what about hoping for a better spiritual life with God? Hoping for a better relationship with Him? We don’t necessarily need to spend all day in church like Anna but, during the Christmas season, if you’ve felt your hopes dashed, maybe it’s time to take an approach like hers? Be patient, but be proactive too.

John and Katie Nicolau are active members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Glenview IL, where they have lived for over 23 years. They have been married for 32 years and have 4 children, three of whom graduated from Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL, John’s alma mater. John also serves on the board of Charis, a Jesuit ministry for young adults.

Prayer

Christ be our light, shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness.

Christ be our light, shine in your Church, gathered today.

—Bernadette Farrell, in Christ, Be Our Light, © OCP Publications, Inc., 1993.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Christ be our light, shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness.

Christ be our light, shine in your Church, gathered today.

—Bernadette Farrell, in Christ, Be Our Light, © OCP Publications, Inc., 1993.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


To Anyone Who Will Listen

Because of her advanced age and daily commitment to praying in the temple, Anna became someone who was respected. After so many years of praying, hoping, and waiting for her redeemer, God gave her the opportunity to see the Christ child face-to-face when Mary brought him to the temple. So even after so many years, hope and patience like that of Anna’s can be rewarded. In other words, we are never too old and it’s never too late to have something constructive to do in our relationship with God.

As modern day Catholics, in the busy lives we all lead, it’s both natural and typical to hope for a better job, a sleeker physique, a nicer car or place to live, and other “stuff.” But what about hoping for a better spiritual life with God? Hoping for a better relationship with Him? We don’t necessarily need to spend all day in church like Anna but, during the Christmas season, if you’ve felt your hopes dashed, maybe it’s time to take an approach like hers? Be patient, but be proactive too.

John and Katie Nicolau are active members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Glenview IL, where they have lived for over 23 years. They have been married for 32 years and have 4 children, three of whom graduated from Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL, John’s alma mater. John also serves on the board of Charis, a Jesuit ministry for young adults.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Lk 2: 36-40

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


December 29, 2015

St. Thomas Becket

Lk 2: 22-35

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.

Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Time for Light and Love

On retreat once, I prayed with John 1:5“the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” “And,” my retreat director said, “it never will.” It’s hard to believe that these days. Closed borders and lethal bombings, environmental crises and millions in exile, racism, homophobia, hunger. We have all but forgotten that people, even more than theologies and ideologies, matter most. But, scripture reminds us.

Simeon finds peace cradling the Christ childfulfillment of the word, salvation of every people, light to all nations. Yet, still a child. A person. John implores us to remember: we who hate others are fooling ourselves into thinking that we live in light. We cannot experience the divine if we fail to care.

I must put down my anger, hatred, and fear of people. Advent is over. I have waited long enough. Now is the time for light and love.
—Eric Immel, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He also serves as a Jesuit vocation promoter and is a prolific author.

Prayer

Come, O God, and set me free. Break the chains that hold me hostage. Heal my heart with the new life and love of Jesus, born anew to our waiting world. Let the gifts and lessons of this Christmas week sink deep into my soul.
Blessed be God! Amen!”

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Come, O God, and set me free. Break the chains that hold me hostage. Heal my heart with the new life and love of Jesus, born anew to our waiting world. Let the gifts and lessons of this Christmas week sink deep into my soul.
Blessed be God! Amen!”

Please share the Good Word with your friends!