Daily Prayer & Reflection

Our Franciscan Charism focus for this school year is: RESPECT/REVERENCE AND GRATITUDE

​To revere someone, or something, is to afford that person or thing more than just respect. The word reverence conveys a sense of treasuring with unquestioned esteem or awe. Reverence implies, by its nature, a sense of sacredness. Reverence reminds us that each and every one of us is created in God's own image and likeness. The opening of the Book of Genesis tells us this. We also need to appreciate that the phrases, 'God's image and likeness' and 'God saw that it was good,' were spoken by God on each day of creation, including our source of life and well being - our Mother Earth - as well as our own creation. Our responsibility is not to dominate by destroying, abusing, or making extinct any part of the delicate balance of this world in which we live, but to steward and care all creatures, human and animal, as well as all aspects of nature that sustain our human existence from day to day. We live our calling when, as children of God and God's world, we foster this reverence toward one another and toward our earth. How we are responding to this call to reverence for one another and our world is a question each and every one of us must answer with our voice and our actions each and every day. We strive to move forward together with this sense of reverence for one another and for our earth as we live our daily lives, consciously choosing to treat one another as we would like to be treated, both here at TCHS and beyond. We strive to make good decisions when affecting the world in which we live as well. 

May God bless all of us as we share this journey together.
The season of Advent suggests four different themes: anticipation ⏤ hope ⏤ patience ⏤ obedience.  This year, we celebrate the longest possible Advent with four full weeks of preparation and can try to see each of these themes as the weeks unfold.
 
Even though we begin with anticipation, something read this morning suggested the idea of listening and considering things over speaking.  Why not take time in our lives to approach the day differently?  this is a season, in the darkest days of the year, to look for light ⏤ to become a beacon of promise ourselves, in our world.
 
Another suggestion as we start this Advent journey is to try to imitate the Christ Child rather than the adult Jesus. To really love is to allow ourselves to be vulnerable ⏤ it is only in vulnerability and risk, not safety and security, that darkness is overcome. This approach seems supported by two well-known peacemakers of our times.
 
Love is to serve without the need for reward,
to suffer without the need for retaliation,
to reconcile without the need for domination.
⏤ R. Rohr
All great world religions see LOVE as the most creative force in the universe. Unless love is central in our lives we will never be prepared for the confrontations, small and large, that will come to us in our lives. Love is about life and really living not about power and aggression.
⏤ MLK and Angel Kyodo Williams
What more powerful image than a newborn, helpless infant, dependent for everything to survive in our world? As our Church begins its new liturgical year may we begin a new approach to imitating Jesus, becoming peacemakers in this world, suffering and searching for answers. Come, Lord Jesus, come!
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