Advent Reflection, Day 13

Zambia rice

Inongo Kokola, a native of southern Africa, works her land to harvest rice in Zambia. Photo by David Snyder for CRS.

Today’s Readings

“It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.”
– Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Life seems bleak in many ways for the terminally ill; yet, a CRS program can restore hope as it did in Zambia for villagers living with HIV. They were given the medications they need and a parcel of land to collectively farm to help them restart their lives. When we find ourselves in seemingly hopeless situations, Christ reaches out to us and hope is restored. This Advent season, let us be Christ to our neighbors.

Faithful God, through our charity, may all of us find hope in the midst of darkness. Amen.

Act: Watch a video of CRS’ work with AIDS orphans in Kenya.

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