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Advent

Advent is a season of light. The lighting of the Advent wreath candles during the four weeks of the Advent season reminds us of our closeness to Jesus, the light of God and gift of the Father. Learn about the Faith and Spirituality of Loretto members.

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Rejoice! Rejoice! Jesus Is Born, and All Creation Sings!

By Loretto Community / December 21, 2020 /

“O” Antiphon: “O Messiah, Promised One of the Jews, you have given us the mysteries of God and taught us the way of your Kingdom. When someone knocks you give to them freely and without reservation. Come now and free those who are held captive by darkness.” Advent leads to the hope of Christmas for…

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Hope: The Very Heart of Loretto’s Mission

By Loretto Community / December 14, 2020 /

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah 61:1 tells us, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; God has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to prisoners, to announce a year of favor…

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Loretto Responds ‘Yes’ to God’s Invitation in Keeping with Mary’s Example

By Loretto Community / December 7, 2020 /

The title “Friends of Mary” is an apt one for this season of Advent. The Virgin Mary is for Loretto a central figure in the Advent story. Mary’s “yes” to God’s invitation to be the mother of Jesus inspires Loretto in our heritage as Friends of Mary at the Foot of the Cross. Her life…

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Season of Advent Leads All to the Christ Child, Our Long-Awaited Messiah

By Loretto Community / November 30, 2020 /

Creating an Advent wreath is an act of Advent hope. It starts small, but quickly overtakes us: a light in the darkness, a transformative cry for hope in our world and finally a child to be born. Enter that place in you called Advent. For it is a time of waiting. It comes gradually, it…

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Advent Reflections 2019 – 12/22/2019

By Loretto Community / December 22, 2019 /

Week Four – Noticing: To Live Our Moment Fully A spirituality of noticing will move us to the small meaningful acts of compassion that restore hope. Then we will join the restorers around us, restoring creation, human dignity and peace, one little step at a time! Action: Merry Christmas!

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Advent Reflections 2019 – 12/15/2019

By Loretto Community / December 15, 2019 /

Week Three – Memory: To Trust Our Prophetic Call The quest for the future must begin by remembering. To understand the future we need to take time to remember. “Remember” in Spanish comes from re-cordis, to run through the heart once more. We need to “re-cordar.” Memory is the sacrament of presence. Action: How can…

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Reflection: Second Sunday of Advent

By Elaine Prevallet SL / December 8, 2019 /

   Today’s readings are a beautiful, powerful, appropriate challenge to begin our  Advent season. Today we hear promise of a Savior – one who embodies a Spirit of wisdom and justice. We’re challenged to recognize an extraordinary opportunity for making peace – a wolf and a lamb, a cow and a bear can be companions…

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Advent Reflections 2019 – 12/8/2019

By Loretto Community / December 8, 2019 /

Week Two – Vision: To See With Prophetic Hope Prophecy and hope dance in the endless cycle that compassion weaves into the future promised by God. Our small simple acts of compassion offers this vision of creation to every single human being as prophecy because we believe! Action: Through your prayers, listening or presence reach…

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What is Emerging?

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2019 /

Advent provides for us the opportunity to reflect and pray about our role as Mothers of God in our world today and in the future. We often get caught in the old paradigm of how things are done and what our role is, and we totally miss the newness, the unexpected that the Universe is…

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Advent Reflections 2019 – 12/1/2019

By Loretto Community / December 1, 2019 /

Week One: Called to Restore! Here we are called to hope in the vision of God for the future. We need to go through this time together…. called to the discipleship of Jesus, called to be sacraments of the presence of God in our world. Action: Simple hospitality is identified as a seed of hope.…

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