Advent Reflection, Week 1, Day 4

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A Missionary of Charity, Sr. Mercina, walks with a friend in Kolkata, India. Photo by Karl Grobl for CRS

Today’s Readings

Reflect: We are in the first week of our Advent journey, one that has perhaps begun with ambivalence, but will surely end with joy. Throughout these few weeks of contemplation, let us walk with the weary of heart and spirit. In remembrance of World AIDS Day, we consider our brothers and sisters who are HIV positive. We reflect on their human dignity as children of God, and pray they are blessed with the spiritual nourishment of hope and healing.

Pray: Psalm 31, on behalf of those worldwide afflicted with HIV/AIDS:
Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. I am forgotten by them as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery. But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” Amen.

Act: View a short online documentary on how CRS and the Catholic Church are responding to the global HIV/AIDS crisis.

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