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Second Sunday of Advent A
December 8, 2019
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ


Perhaps life simply has too many problems: even international ones, that affect you. Maybe gifts are there, but you cannot see them.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

The God Who is Revealed in Christmas

Like a baby, God does not outgun anyone, out-muscle anyone, threaten anyone, or overpower anyone.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

In Christian times, pietas, as a virtue infused by God, had to do with taking care of your own, your own parents, your own children, your own community, your own country.

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Gillick, SJ


Our Western World relaxes with the predictable, knowing causes and expecting results. This makes trusting the unpredictable and surprising God a great leap.

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

Root Causes

The Baptist’s message was about justice, about social change. He challenged the people of Israel to get down to the root causes of problems, to uproot unfruitful trees.

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

A Voice

Judging by John’s appearance, would you guess his cry was lukewarm, or a cry from his heart that called for life-altering change?

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A Poem to
Sit With

J Janda

Iñigo de Loyola

to answer

as earth in April

with flowers

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