Stories of Hope – December 10

Charm with your stainlessness these winter nights, Skies and be perfect! Fly vivider in the fiery dark, you quiet meteors, And disappear. You moon, be slow to go down, This is your fill! The four white roads make off in silence Toward the four parts of the starry universe. Time falls like manna at the…

Stories of Hope – December 9

O Come, O Dayspring from on high: and cheer us by your drawing nigh; disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadow put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. “O Dawn” or “O Dayspring” is, I think, my favorite name for the Messiah, and there is no better…

Stories of Hope – December 8

That man say we can’t have as much rights as a man ‘cause Christ wasn’t a woman. Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman. -Sojourner Truth, 19th century On December 8th many Christians around the world honor what is known as the Immaculate Conception, which claims that Mary was conceived with…

Stories of Hope – December 7

We’re gonna sit at the welcome table! We’re gonna sit at the welcome table one of these days! Hallelujah! We’re gonna sit at the welcome table! Gonna sit at the welcome table one of these days.  All kinds of people around that table one of these days! Hallelujah! All kinds of people round that table!…

Stories of Hope – December 6

What keeps you from giving now? Isn’t the poor person there? Aren’t your own warehouses full? Isn’t the reward promised? The command is clear: the hungry person is dying now, the naked person is freezing now, the person in debt is beaten now – and you want to wait until tomorrow? ‘I’m not doing any…

Stories of Hope – December 5

Face to face with our limits, Blinking before the frightful Stare of our frailty, Promise rises Like a posse of clever maids Who do not fear the dark Because their readiness Lights the search. Their oil Becomes the measure of their love, Their ability to wait – An indication of their Capacity to trust and…

Stories of Hope – December 4

Expectation…is perhaps the supreme Christian function and the most distinctive characteristic of our religion. Historically speaking, that expectation has never ceased to guide the progress of our faith like a torch…We persist in saying that we keep vigil in expectation of the Master. But in reality we should have to admit, if we were sincere,…

Stories of Hope – December 3

The anxiety-ridden cannot enjoy peace and quiet either. Their words and actions go on amid the din of unceasing noise. Their songs and pleasures are loud and slapdash, as if they were afraid to catch God’s alien note in the chorus. They meticulously drown out silence with incessant talk and noisy chatter, so that they…

Stories of Hope – December 2

O come, O Key of David, come, and open wide our heav’nly home; make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. To hold a key is to wield enormous power. When we open or close doors for others – to…

Stories of Hope – December 1

Advent is both a beginning and an end, an alpha and an omega of the church’s year of grace. Too often considered merely a season of preparation for the annual commemoration of Christ’s birth, this rich and many-layered season is actually designed to prepare the Christian for the glorious possibilities of the Parousia. It is…

November 30, 2018 – Stories of Hope

Blessed feasts of blessed martyrs,             Holy women, holy men,             With affection’s recollections             Greet we your return again. -12th Century Latin Hymn The season of Advent begins by honoring St. Andrew, the brother of Peter.  November 30th is Saint Andrew’s feast day, but not many people know that.  In fact, I’d dare say…

Stories of Hope – An Advent Devotional for 2018

In the coming blog posts, throughout the coming days, you’ll find poems, short reflections, questions, and prayers that will accompany you on your Advent journey. We’ve entitled this collection “Stories of Hope” not because you’ll get a succinct, hopeful story each day, but because it is our hope that each day you’ll be led to…