Advent Reflections, Week 3, Day 5

family meal

María, an indigenous Guatemalan, prepares a meal for her family with food supplements they received from a CRS program. Guatemala has the highest levels of malnutrition in Latin America. Photo by Sara Fajardo/CRS

Today’s Readings

Reflect: Advent means “to come to”. When we light our Advent candles, it seems quite obvious what is forthcoming. In holy discernment, what are you coming to this season–or what have you brought to others? Even in the vastness of our worldly lives, we can feel God’s love for us through prayer and solidarity. Let us actively seek prudence and understanding amongst one another, for only then can we walk in the way of God.

Pray: In the words of Pope John Paul II: Mary, Queen of Peace, save us all, who have so much trust in you, from wars, hatred and oppression. Make us all learn to live in peace and educate ourselves for peace; do what is demanded by justice, and respect the rights of every person, so that peace may be firmly established. Amen.

Act: Today, fast between meals. In your hunger, pray for the poor throughout the world.

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