Stories of Hope – December 17

Every human act, every Christian act, is an act of hope. But that means you must be men and women of the present, you must live this moment – really live it, not just endure it – because this very moment, for all its imperfection and frustration, because of its imperfection and frustration, is pregnant…

Stories of Hope – December 16

O come, O King of nations, come, O Cornerstone that binds in one: refresh the hearts that long for you; restore the broken, make us new. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. Over the years, I’ve known many people who were self-conscious about their scars. One always wore long pants to cover…

Stories of Hope – December 15

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be…

Stories of Hope – December 14

Baruch atta, Adonai, Elohenu melech ha-olam, Shehecheyanu v’kiyemanu V’higianu laz-man hazeh. Blessed is the Lord our God, ruler of the universe, For you have kept us in life, sustained us, And brought us to this holy season. -Jewish prayer book for Chanukah  Our Jewish friends have just ended their Chanukah celebrations, marking the miracle of…

Stories of Hope – December 13

My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light! -Edna St. Vincent Millay On this day throughout Scandinavia, little girls will put on long white robes and place candles carefully upon their heads and walk room to room bringing…

Stories of Hope – December 12

’Where are you going?’ asks Mary of Juan Diego. He is stopped in his tracks. He leaves his ‘important’ plans and becomes her messenger: Build a church where the cries of the poor and the oppressed will be heard. Guadalupe’s significance is both word and symbol. She provides the answers to the prayers of the…

Stories of Hope – December 11

I don’t know what will happen now.  We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop.  And I don’t mind.  Like anybody, I would like to have a long life; longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want…

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…