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Third Sunday in Advent - What will it take to lead us to the wilderness?

I noticed on the social networking site ‘Tumblr’ that Advent was a trending topic. When I clicked on it there were various images and quotes from hundreds of blogs about Advent. They ranged from quirky Advent calendars and mystical poems to stick figures of reindeer and cookie recipes. When I converted to Catholicism in 1980 and experienced my first season of Advent… I was told this Sunday was known as the ‘joyful’ Sunday.

None of them featured a wilderness! Yet, that is where John beckons us on this third Sunday of Advent. He is a voice of one crying out in the wilderness and what is amazing is that people follow him out there. Some of them wanted to question his identity - “Are you Elijah? The Messiah? The prophet?” Others were drawn to his message of repentance and preparation for ‘the coming.’ One could also say that Advent was a trending topic in John’s days.

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Blessed Sacrament Province Active Member in the Jubilee USA Network

It is a concrete expression of our Corporate Stand to advocate for forgiveness of the debt of the World’s poorest nations. In Mid-November, Treasury Sectary, Jacob Lew, brought Jubilee’s Ebola Relief Proposal to the G20 Meeting. The proposal included using $300 million, from an IMF Trust Fund created to deal with disasters, to relieve $100 in debt for Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leon. In addition, there would be funds for investment in the social infrastructures (Healthcare etc.) of these three countries. Your phone calls and emails in response to Jubilee’s calls to action helped to bring about these actions. Thank you, for responding to my emails for Jubilee. May Our Lady of Guadalupe, Bless you. 

Vocation News

Sisters Peggy and Mary Ann have sent to Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters in High School Ministry an invitation to offer their Religion or American History teachers and their students a DVD for viewing. Produced by the LCWR on the history of Women Religious in the United States, it is very well done, narrated by Cokie Roberts of NPR fame. IT would make good viewing for adults in the year of Consecrated Life…. and at no extra cost, Peggy and Mary Ann would come and lead a discussion!!! Book now for WOMEN AND SPIRIT: CATHOLIC SISTERS IN AMERICA BY CALLING!

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