November 2016

From 2016-11-27 to 2016-12-24

First Sunday of Advent

During Advent, we should spend some time—even just five minutes each day—with the following Scripture readings. Drawn from the Old Testament book of the Prophet Isaiah, they stress the need for repentance and spiritual conversion, and the extension of salvation from Israel to all nations. As we listen to Isaiah call Israel to conversion, we should think about those things that we know we need to cease doing, and resolve to remove them from our lives this Advent, to prepare our souls for the coming of Christ.

From 2016-11-12 to 2016-11-30

Strength Through Unity

As the gap between rich and poor widens, we dig trenches of suspicion and contempt. As our democracies falter, we point accusingly at the Foreigners and blame them for all our troubles. Ignorance and intolerance come with a steep price, and we need to remedy the situation before it’s too late.

If in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king, in the land of the intransigents, the demagogues rule. One of the greatest challenges of our time is to resist the irrational call of demagoguery as it spreads destruction like wildfire. I believe that solidarity and empathy are innate to all humans and can serve to unite us. Instead of building walls (or promising to do so), we should be building bridges. Let us build hope rather than division.

Emilien Roscanu (MIC Mission News oct-nov-dec 2016)

From 2016-11-05 to 2016-11-13

Thank You, God,

for those people who demonstrate Your love.

Thank You for those great men and women who

followed You throughout history,

for the priests and prophets

and apostles and ministers,

for doctors and teachers and mothers and fathers

and painters and musicians and writers

and farmers and laborers and clerks.

for those men and women who gloried in Your love

and dedicated their lives

to loving others.


Thank You, God,

for choosing me to be one of Your people.

for calling me and equipping me to communicate

Your love to the world around me.


Thank You, God.