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“O Emmanuel,” We Want to See Your Face!

  A Word from Pope Francis This week the Church is like Mary: she is awaiting a birth. The Virgin sensed within herself, in body and in soul, that the birth of her child was near. Surely in her heart she said to the baby she was carrying in her womb: “Come, I want to see your face, for they have told me you will be great!”
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Following Jesus in Perfect Joy

Image: Tyler Mullins. The human heart desires joy. We all desire joy, every family, every people aspires to happiness. But what is the joy that the Christian is called to live out and bear witness to? It is the joy that comes from the closeness of God, from his presence in our life. From the moment Jesus entered into history, with his birth in Bethlehem, humanity received the seed of the Kingdom of God, like the soil receives the seed, the promise of a future harvest.
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Advent: The Beginning of a New Year

This week we begin our celebration of Advent. This time of year can bring to mind really great memories of childhood Christmases spent opening presents and visiting family. But it can also bring up memories that maybe you’d rather not have. Maybe a loved one died at this time of year or you experienced some other kind of negative emotion that you always associate with Advent and Christmas.
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An Advent Reflection with Kelly Wahlquist

                        Enjoy this Advent reflection from author Kelly Wahlquist! I love the season of Advent. I like the colors, the smells, the rituals, all the good things that come with it. And at the end, we get to celebrate the birth of Jesus. With all the festivities and commitments attached to the season of Advent and Christmas I often forget that this is the beginning of a new year.
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What Are Your Blessings?

Image: Benjamin Combs. This past summer, my kids and I decided to grow a garden. We planned on growing pumpkins, zucchini, corn, sunflowers and carrots—planned being the key word. By the end of August, our garden consisted of a few carrots, some dead zucchini and pumpkin plants, no corn and some gigantic sunflowers. The carrots never quite made it to maturity because the kids kept feeding them to their rabbits. I forgot to plant the corn at the appropriate time. And the other plants fell victim to a heat wave and my brother-in-law’s puppy.
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Franciscan Ministry Gives Back to Cincinnati

A ministry of St. John the Baptist Province, OFM, St. Francis Seraph Ministries serves those in need in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. From their website: “We believe every member of the Over-the-Rhine community has the right to enjoy the benefits of good health, prosperity, and well-being and has the capacity to contribute positively to the neighborhood. Through compassion, collaboration, and community building, we provide programs designed to achieve this vision.”
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Franciscans Reach Out to Detroit’s Downtrodden

St. Aloysius Community Center had its beginning with the arrival of the Franciscan friars of St. John the Baptist Province in 1992. Encouraged by Archbishop Vigneron, the Friars are dedicated to following Jesus by living and working among the poor through the community of St. Aloysius Parish. We are situated in a widely diverse area of downtown Detroit. We work with all of the people in the neighborhood to address needs of companionship, food, clothing, and emergency shelter. We also focus on the critical needs of the tenants of many low-income housing buildings in the area. Our parish nurse works to address health and wholeness issues within our community-at-large. After the closing of our Community Center a few years ago, we are now attempting to provide all of these services in a smaller fashion—on the streets and in the community housing areas. This ad gentes style of ministry means we are now more focused on going to the people, rather than them coming to us.
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Poverty and Peace: Saint Francis' Legacies

Francis understood Jesus’ washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper at a very deep level. He did not need encouragement to be a servant leader; no other way of leading would have made sense to him. Not everyone in the brotherhood came to that conclusion as quickly as he did, but he patiently led them to accept the Lord’s style of servant leadership. Before he got off his horse one day and embraced a leper as a brother in Christ, Saint Francis probably had thrown a few coins to lepers from a very safe distance. Bonaventure later wrote that Francis’s service to God began with a victory over himself. In fact, this incident helped Francis to see that what he had previously regarded as very bitter was, in fact, truly sweet.
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Thanksgiving Day

“What are you thankful for?” That question triggers reflection on this national holiday. I allow events of the past to run through my mind and I invite you to do the same.
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Inspiration for Authentically Beautiful Women

Today’s article is the 4th in a series. In this one we’ve turned the tables on author Lisa Mladnich to ask her which resources she's found most powerful in her own spiritual journey. Lisa’s response is a nice list of books, apps and online resources. Growing in authentic beauty is a life-long process, which is why mature women have an edge! Persevering over time, the intimate connection with Christ in our souls deepens, increasing our authentic beauty and making it more impactful in the world.
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