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A Reflection for Advent and December 2020 
by Sister Susan Mika, OSB

Normally, we speak about Advent as a time of “waiting” as we approach the Christmas season. We wait and pray and prepare ourselves as we ponder that God sent Jesus to come as a child, to live among us, to minister to many.

It seems that in 2020, we have been “waiting” most of the year. We have been waiting:
•  for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic;
•  for vaccines that will help change the trajectory of the illness;
•  for a return to “normal” life;
•  for a spiritual awareness of what is truly important;
•  for bonding across the world that we are in this together.

When we went into the pandemic quarantine in March, who knew that in December we would be in midst of another spike in cases? We look forward to the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas as family celebrations…a time to see and enjoy and catch up with family members. This year, we are called in a different way to reach out. One way would be to write a note (yes, and mail it!) to family/friends. Another way would be to reach out and call someone you might not have spoken to recently. Sending a card might say, I’m thinking of you. All of these actions take time. Time is one thing that we do have during this Advent. We are not going out as much, if at all. Many of our groups and committees are meeting virtually.

Advent is a season where we can use the time to look inward and outward. We work on ourselves – trying to reflect more each day. With the darkness coming already at 5 or 6 o’clock – we could use this a signal to look inward. As we are part of our world, we must look outward. We cannot hide from the many needs of the peoples within our circles of influence, as well as, the cries of the Earth and its inhabitants.

We lift each up, remembering that we are here for each other. Reach out and reach across any divides. Our lives may never go back to what we used to consider “normal” – that is yet to be determined. We can use this waiting/pandemic as a chance to re-image what could be.

A Reflection for Advent and December 2020
by Sister Susan Mika, OSB

Normally, we speak about Advent as a time of “waiting” as we approach the Christmas season. We wait and pray and prepare ourselves as we ponder that God sent Jesus to come as a child, to live among us, to minister to many.

It seems that in 2020, we have been “waiting” most of the year. We have been waiting:
• for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic;
• for vaccines that will help change the trajectory of the illness;
• for a return to “normal” life;
• for a spiritual awareness of what is truly important;
• for bonding across the world that we are in this together.

When we went into the pandemic quarantine in March, who knew that in December we would be in midst of another spike in cases? We look forward to the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas as family celebrations…a time to see and enjoy and catch up with family members. This year, we are called in a different way to reach out. One way would be to write a note (yes, and mail it!) to family/friends. Another way would be to reach out and call someone you might not have spoken to recently. Sending a card might say, I’m thinking of you. All of these actions take time. Time is one thing that we do have during this Advent. We are not going out as much, if at all. Many of our groups and committees are meeting virtually.

Advent is a season where we can use the time to look inward and outward. We work on ourselves – trying to reflect more each day. With the darkness coming already at 5 or 6 o’clock – we could use this a signal to look inward. As we are part of our world, we must look outward. We cannot hide from the many needs of the peoples within our circles of influence, as well as, the cries of the Earth and its inhabitants.

We lift each up, remembering that we are here for each other. Reach out and reach across any divides. Our lives may never go back to what we used to consider “normal” – that is yet to be determined. We can use this waiting/pandemic as a chance to re-image what could be.
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First Sunday of Advent
A Reflection by Sister Frances Briseño, OSB, Prioress

Advent is a time of pregnant hope and anticipation.
A time of waiting, a time of expectant hope, a time of joy!
A time to remember and birth anew the love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, healing that our savior brought into the World. Our spiritual wombs full, our hearts expanding with love at the thought of birthing something new!

Advent this year, however, is so surreal. It is as if we entered this season of waiting last March before Easter! We have been in a long waiting mode. We have been waiting for some light to break through the darkness of the pandemic, the darkness of bitter division in our country, the darkness of racism.

Mark’s admonition in the Gospel for the first Sunday of Advent to be watchful and stay alert seems all too familiar. Isn’t that what we have been hearing from the CDC, from our loved ones, from our parishes, from our Pope? “Be watchful; be alert!  You do not know the time”. Our souls cry out for peace and harmony. We watch and wait for a different reality to be born.

I don’t know about you, but as I have tried to settle into waiting, I find myself restless. I find my soul thirsting for life giving waters, for renewed hope. I want this time of waiting to end! I want respite from the confusion and uncertainty of it all. We moved through this time of waiting with deep, deep divisions. Unrest in our streets, political aggressiveness never seen before, a pandemic that has taken 250,000 lives in our country alone, masks, not enough testing, and the list goes on. I know I am not the only one feeling this way. It seems that the world cries out to God in unison for healing and understanding. Heal our ways, O Lord! Let us be mindful of our need for you. Open our eyes to gaze on you as you gaze on us! Move us Lord from this place of fear, anxiety, anger, doubt, and division to a place of love, unity and peace.

Isaiah’s words in the first reading are so timely as we plead to be rescued from this time of waiting, from this pandemic, from the bitterness of division, from protection of ego to freedom of spirit, from darkness to light. Deliver us from such falsehood to the fullness of your light. Help us walk as children of the light. 

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, we are reminded that we possess every spiritual gift needed at this time in history to walk as children of the light. The choice is ours to make. Help us, Lord, to choose life! Help us turn our hearts toward the light and to come to a place where we find kinship with all our brothers and sisters.

And through all this waiting in turmoil, we enter a new liturgical year where we can begin all over again. Advent is indeed a time of renewed hope. It is a time of anticipation and fulfillment! It is a time when the star shines brightly, and the Savior is born. The words of O Holy Night, “long lay the world in sin and error pining, till he appeared and the soul felt its worth” come to mind. I remember Fr. Greg Boyle pointing this line out to a room filled with people. My soul leaped and I felt full! How many times had I sung this song and never took note of this powerful line? It is true. What a moment of grace that was. Advent is a time that prepares us for that kind of grace, reminds us of the mystery that is God. Be watchful and alert for we know not the time when God will snatch us from the ordinary into the extraordinary. We know not the time when God moves us to a different reality. We wait for God during Advent, God appears, and we are changed.

“A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!” Our souls feel their worth and the new begins to reveal itself.

First Sunday of Advent
A Reflection by Sister Frances Briseño, OSB, Prioress

Advent is a time of pregnant hope and anticipation.
A time of waiting, a time of expectant hope, a time of joy!
A time to remember and birth anew the love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, healing that our savior brought into the World. Our spiritual wombs full, our hearts expanding with love at the thought of birthing something new!

Advent this year, however, is so surreal. It is as if we entered this season of waiting last March before Easter! We have been in a long waiting mode. We have been waiting for some light to break through the darkness of the pandemic, the darkness of bitter division in our country, the darkness of racism.

Mark’s admonition in the Gospel for the first Sunday of Advent to be watchful and stay alert seems all too familiar. Isn’t that what we have been hearing from the CDC, from our loved ones, from our parishes, from our Pope? “Be watchful; be alert! You do not know the time”. Our souls cry out for peace and harmony. We watch and wait for a different reality to be born.

I don’t know about you, but as I have tried to settle into waiting, I find myself restless. I find my soul thirsting for life giving waters, for renewed hope. I want this time of waiting to end! I want respite from the confusion and uncertainty of it all. We moved through this time of waiting with deep, deep divisions. Unrest in our streets, political aggressiveness never seen before, a pandemic that has taken 250,000 lives in our country alone, masks, not enough testing, and the list goes on. I know I am not the only one feeling this way. It seems that the world cries out to God in unison for healing and understanding. Heal our ways, O Lord! Let us be mindful of our need for you. Open our eyes to gaze on you as you gaze on us! Move us Lord from this place of fear, anxiety, anger, doubt, and division to a place of love, unity and peace.

Isaiah’s words in the first reading are so timely as we plead to be rescued from this time of waiting, from this pandemic, from the bitterness of division, from protection of ego to freedom of spirit, from darkness to light. Deliver us from such falsehood to the fullness of your light. Help us walk as children of the light.

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, we are reminded that we possess every spiritual gift needed at this time in history to walk as children of the light. The choice is ours to make. Help us, Lord, to choose life! Help us turn our hearts toward the light and to come to a place where we find kinship with all our brothers and sisters.

And through all this waiting in turmoil, we enter a new liturgical year where we can begin all over again. Advent is indeed a time of renewed hope. It is a time of anticipation and fulfillment! It is a time when the star shines brightly, and the Savior is born. The words of O Holy Night, “long lay the world in sin and error pining, till he appeared and the soul felt its worth” come to mind. I remember Fr. Greg Boyle pointing this line out to a room filled with people. My soul leaped and I felt full! How many times had I sung this song and never took note of this powerful line? It is true. What a moment of grace that was. Advent is a time that prepares us for that kind of grace, reminds us of the mystery that is God. Be watchful and alert for we know not the time when God will snatch us from the ordinary into the extraordinary. We know not the time when God moves us to a different reality. We wait for God during Advent, God appears, and we are changed.

“A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!” Our souls feel their worth and the new begins to reveal itself.
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Beautiful words and reflection. Thank you, Sister Francis, for sharing your wisdom.

Thank you, Sr. Frances❣️ wonderful reflection.

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Sharing this Election Day Reflection, On the Pulse of the Morning from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). And, ...let us pray for the soul of our nation and for the strength and courage to recommit our hearts and hands to building a more perfect union.

Sharing this Election Day Reflection, "On the Pulse of the Morning" from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). And, "...let us pray for the soul of our nation and for the strength and courage to recommit our hearts and hands to building a more perfect union." ... See MoreSee Less

The Benedictine Sisters are one of more than 175 congregations of women religious who will be praying for peace for 24 hours on Election Day, November 3, 2020. We invite our Oblates and ALL to join us to pray throughout the day for a peaceful election. https://www.ssndcentralpacific.org/prayers-for-peace

The Benedictine Sisters are one of more than 175 congregations of women religious who will be praying for peace for 24 hours on Election Day, November 3, 2020. We invite our Oblates and ALL to join us to pray throughout the day for a peaceful election. www.ssndcentralpacific.org/prayers-for-peace ... See MoreSee Less

Were sharing this weeks Election Reflection, The Power of Love from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). May they all be one as You are in me and I am in You; may they be one in us... (John 17:21) https://lcwr.org/sites/default/files/resolutions/attachments/10.27.20_love.pdf

We're sharing this week's Election Reflection, "The Power of Love" from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). "May they all be one as You are in me and I am in You; may they be one in us..." (John 17:21) lcwr.org/sites/default/files/resolutions/attachments/10.27.20_love.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

A Call to Contemplative Action - this weeks Election Reflection from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). https://lcwr.org/sites/default/files/resolutions/attachments/10.20.20_contemplative.pdf

"A Call to Contemplative Action" - this week's Election Reflection from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). lcwr.org/sites/default/files/resolutions/attachments/10.20.20_contemplative.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

Sharing Courage and the Common Good, this weeks Towards a More Perfect Union: 2020 Election Reflection from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). https://lcwr.org/sites/default/files/resolutions/attachments/10.13.20_commongood.pdf

Sharing "Courage and the Common Good," this week's "Towards a More Perfect Union: 2020 Election Reflection" from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). lcwr.org/sites/default/files/resolutions/attachments/10.13.20_commongood.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

Here is this weeks reflection from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). May all be blessed by our willingness to share with one another and engage in contemplative dialogues.

Here is this week's reflection from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). May all be blessed by our willingness to share with one another and engage in contemplative dialogues.This week's LCWR election reflection, “Stitching a Seamless Garment” is now available at lcwr.org/sites/default/files/resolutions/attachments/10.06.20_stitching.pdf.
"Contemplative dialogue, deep listening, and mutual respect
are the prophetic actions that we can offer."
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Respectfully sharing the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Reflection for this week - The Power of Shared Heartbreak.

Respectfully sharing the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Reflection for this week - "The Power of Shared Heartbreak." ... See MoreSee Less

We welcome this new season with our prayers.

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Looking to shop or donate? The Sisters Attic Thrift Shop is open and were here for you! Proceeds benefit the Benedictine Sisters Boerne ministries. God bless you!

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Glad to share todays Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Reflection, Out of Many One.

Glad to share today's Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Reflection, "Out of Many One." ... See MoreSee Less

Thank You, Friends. God Bless You!

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