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First Sunday In Advent B
November 29, 2020
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ

Waiting for Patience

God’s kindness provides us with comfort and also time to prepare—an allowance of days, weeks, years, and even a lifetime— to get ready, to desire, and gradually, along the way, to receive.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

Staying Awake

Every major spiritual tradition has daily rituals designed precisely to wake us from spiritual sleep, akin to an alarm clock waking us from physical sleep. It’s for this reason we need to begin each day with prayer.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

Wandering Off

How are we supposed to be holy—clean and good—for the Lord, except by the Lord’s own doing?

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Gillick, SJ


Waiting and watching out of fear is passive and paralyzing. Waiting in faith is eager and exciting.

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

Neglecting the Present

The longing for Christ causes us to want things to change for the better. We want God to find us “blameless on the day of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck


As vigilant gatekeepers watching for the Lord of the house, what signs do you observe that tell you God is present in the world today and in your life?

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A Poem to Sit With

J. Janda

Christ Our Earth     

we live only
in Christ

this is Truth

anything less
is delusion

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