This past week, the reality of our world as a dangerous place became very evident to us with the events on the O.S.U. campus. We hear about acts of terrorism around the world and it can seem very distant. When it is right down the street and when many of our own loved ones are nearby, it becomes something very personal. It is a reminder of the fact that life is fragile and can change in an instant. We pray for all concerned. We pray for the recovery of all who experienced the violence. We pray for a change of heart in all who would be motivated to such actions of hatred and despair. We pray that we may find a way to live together in harmony.
The call of Advent is to realize that we are always part of a world that is destined for change. We are invited to long for a better world, a world in which Justice and Mercy meet, a world in which all can find Peace. As we continue our journey through this holy season, let us set our hearts on what is above and commit ourselves to live in such a way as to share with all our hope in the Lord Whose Coming we await.
This week, we will celebrate our country’s Patronal Feast, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let us pray for our nation, that we may be open to the grace God offers us so as to establish true peace within our borders and among the nations. May God bless
, stand beside her and guide her,
through the night with a light from above…. America