The Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny wish you a blessed and joyous Christmas. May this gift of Jesus fill you with the awe and wonder of belief and gratitude. May the loving gaze of the Word become flesh fill you with joy.
this last week of Advent we cry out in Hope for the birth of Jesus! We
know that with Jesus our life is very different. With his birth we are
saved, healed and made whole once again. In the story, Joseph listens to
the voice in a dream directing him. Mary conceives by the Holy Spirit and
gives her own flesh for the life of the world. How are we preparing for
this birth, this Incarnation of God’s love made manifest in our lives and our
all you faithful, joyful and triumphant!
Come to Bethlehem.
Behold him, adore him.
Greet him now in flesh appearing … Christ the Lord!
John the Baptist, the Herald
of Jesus’ Coming appears this week as “A
voice of one crying out in the desert, prepare the way of the Lord, make
straight his paths.” During this Second Week of Advent we ask ourselves: Where
is our wilderness, the place of solitude where God speaks to our heart? What is
the pathway, the ‘going away from and going towards’ we are being called
to? Advent is a time of pregnant new
life waiting to be born in and through us.
The rough places in our lives need to be soften so that Jesus takes on
flesh. With Mary we rejoice, “the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is God’s Name”.
In this month’s Anti-Human
Trafficking Newsletter the vulnerability
of children is highlighted, especially in
the travel and tourism industries. This Sisters
of St. Joseph of Cluny sponsor the ‘Stop
Trafficking’ newsletter and are committed to live the liberating charism of
Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey, doing all to combat this slavery of our day. We invite you to join us during this Advent
Season and become more Aware, Advocate for and plan an Action that will make
this year’s Christmas a time of new life, joy and peace for the most vulnerable
children of our world.