Welcome to our Mission Corner!
S. Jean Amore, CSJ, Ed.D., Vice President for Mission and Academics at Sacred Heart Academy, will share thoughts and updates on the Mission of the schools of the Sisters of St. Joseph and other important Church and world issues. Visitors are invited to read, reflect and join us in prayer.
Advent Reflection, December 2017
The theme of Advent is the theme of all spiritual people. We are always waiting, expecting and looking for God’s light in the dim places in our personal lives and in our world.
Sometimes readings in Advent focus mainly on repentance and on waiting for the Savior and Messiah to redeem us from our sins. Yet, the Jewish people of the Hebrew Scriptures and the early Christians had much broader expectations. The Savior is the one who comforts and heals us, rescues and unbinds us, enlightens us and lifts us up as well as wipes away our sins. The earthly life of Jesus was filled with his healing and compassionate acts; his treating outcasts and women with inclusivity, dignity and love; his breaking down cultural, religious and social walls that separate people; and his not only forgiving sinners, but also eating with them. This is what Jesus wants to do for us. Advent is a time of becoming more whole, a time of becoming all we want to be and all God wants us to be.
This Advent, let us believe and trust in the broader meaning of the season. Deep faith is a creative energy that opens us to participate in what God wants to do for us in our personal lives and through us in our broken world and fragile Earth. The weeks of Advent give us the time to ask: What are the dark places in my life that need God’s wisdom, uplifting and light? What’s not OK in me? What’s preventing me from feeling the love, unity and peace I want and God desires for me? Where do I fall short of witnessing God’s inclusive love, mercy and justice? To each of these questions, we say: Come, Lord Jesus, come!
God of every nation and people,
you have made known your light and love
since the beginning of creation,
and then to us through Jesus Christ.
This Advent, may we be open to receiving your light and love in new ways
and to witnessing in our world the unity, inclusivity, mercy and justice
that Jesus so desires of us.
Let Us “Share the Journey”
On September 27, 2017 Pope Francis will launch a two-year global campaign to support migrants around the world. The focus will be to dispel widespread fear of newcomers and to raise awareness of why so many people are compelled to leave their homes at this time in history. Pope Francis’ hope is to inspire communities to build relationships with refugees and immigrants and to love their neighbors in their own country and around the world.
Parishes, schools, and community organizations are being asked to surface ways of witnessing the Gospel message and God’s inclusive love for all, especially those who flee their homes and their countries to escape violence, lawlessness and living in fear. These are the people throughout the world and in the United States that Pope Francis embraces and asks us to do the same.
October 7 through 13 is kick-off week for the “Share the Journey” campaign. The Sacred Heart Community will be planning ways to share the journey of immigrants and refugees by praying and by working with organizations that are part of Pope Francis’ call to each of us to “love your neighbor.”
Please join us in praying frequently the prayer for the Global Migration Campaign prepared by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services.
Adonai, Lord and Master,
many are the journeys your people have taken:
Abraham’s journey led from fear to understanding;
Moses’ journey led from bondage to liberty;
the disciples’ journey led from death to new life.
Even today, your people journey –
Immigrants and refugees, pilgrims and nomads,
searching for hope,
searching for opportunity,
searching for peace,
searching for you.
Lord, I know that I too am called to journey.
Yet too many times, I have heard your call,
and my feet have remained unmoved.
Continue to call me
beyond my comfort and into encounter.
And when I meet a companion on the road,
may we find you in each other’s embrace.
Let us share the journey. Amen.
S. Jean Amore, CSJ
Vice President for Mission and Academics