December 31, 2015

1 John 2: 18-21

Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Trust in His Truth

How befitting this reading is for today and in these times. The first words speak of the last hour, and here we are in the waning hours of 2015. Like the lines that follow, we see so much evil in our world; so many “antichrists” rising up to spread hatred and fear. And yet this scripture passage also comforts us by pointing to our knowledge of the Holy One and His anointing upon us. It is in His truth that we will prevail.

As we enter this New Year, let us hold fast to the truth that is Christ Jesus. He is our refuge and protection. He is our courage and motivation. Through our knowledge of Him and anointing in Him, our “ordinary” becomes “extraordinary”. We can look forward to 2016 with a hope rooted in the Holy One. For in Him, there is no defeat.

—Michael Gabriele serves as Director of Communications for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland..

Prayer

Lord, as we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

—New Year’s prayer, © Loyola Press: A Jesuit Ministry, Chicago IL.

 


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Today’s Ignatian Message


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Trust in His Truth

How befitting this reading is for today and in these times. The first words speak of the last hour, and here we are in the waning hours of 2015. Like the lines that follow, we see so much evil in our world; so many “antichrists” rising up to spread hatred and fear. And yet this scripture passage also comforts us by pointing to our knowledge of the Holy One and His anointing upon us. It is in His truth that we will prevail.

As we enter this New Year, let us hold fast to the truth that is Christ Jesus. He is our refuge and protection. He is our courage and motivation. Through our knowledge of Him and anointing in Him, our “ordinary” becomes “extraordinary”. We can look forward to 2016 with a hope rooted in the Holy One. For in Him, there is no defeat.

—Michael Gabriele serves as Director of Communications for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland..

 


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Prayer

Lord, as we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

—New Year’s prayer, © Loyola Press: A Jesuit Ministry, Chicago IL.

 


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1 John 2: 18-21

Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

 


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December 30, 2015

Lk 2: 36-40

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

To Anyone Who Will Listen  

Because of her advanced age and daily commitment to praying in the temple, Anna became someone who was respected. After so many years of praying, hoping, and waiting for her redeemer, God gave her the opportunity to see the Christ child face-to-face when Mary brought him to the temple. So even after so many years, hope and patience like that of Anna’s can be rewarded. In other words, we are never too old and it’s never too late to have something constructive to do in our relationship with God.

As modern day Catholics, in the busy lives we all lead, it’s both natural and typical to hope for a better job, a sleeker physique, a nicer car or place to live, and other “stuff.” But what about hoping for a better spiritual life with God? Hoping for a better relationship with Him? We don’t necessarily need to spend all day in church like Anna but, during the Christmas season, if you’ve felt your hopes dashed, maybe it’s time to take an approach like hers? Be patient, but be proactive too.

John and Katie Nicolau are active members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Glenview IL, where they have lived for over 23 years. They have been married for 32 years and have 4 children, three of whom graduated from Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL, John’s alma mater. John also serves on the board of Charis, a Jesuit ministry for young adults.

Prayer

Christ be our light, shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness.

Christ be our light, shine in your Church, gathered today.

—Bernadette Farrell, in Christ, Be Our Light, © OCP Publications, Inc., 1993.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Today’s Ignatian Message


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Christ be our light, shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness.

Christ be our light, shine in your Church, gathered today.

—Bernadette Farrell, in Christ, Be Our Light, © OCP Publications, Inc., 1993.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

To Anyone Who Will Listen

Because of her advanced age and daily commitment to praying in the temple, Anna became someone who was respected. After so many years of praying, hoping, and waiting for her redeemer, God gave her the opportunity to see the Christ child face-to-face when Mary brought him to the temple. So even after so many years, hope and patience like that of Anna’s can be rewarded. In other words, we are never too old and it’s never too late to have something constructive to do in our relationship with God.

As modern day Catholics, in the busy lives we all lead, it’s both natural and typical to hope for a better job, a sleeker physique, a nicer car or place to live, and other “stuff.” But what about hoping for a better spiritual life with God? Hoping for a better relationship with Him? We don’t necessarily need to spend all day in church like Anna but, during the Christmas season, if you’ve felt your hopes dashed, maybe it’s time to take an approach like hers? Be patient, but be proactive too.

John and Katie Nicolau are active members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Glenview IL, where they have lived for over 23 years. They have been married for 32 years and have 4 children, three of whom graduated from Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL, John’s alma mater. John also serves on the board of Charis, a Jesuit ministry for young adults.


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Lk 2: 36-40

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation


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December 31, 2015

1 John 2: 18-21

Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Trust in His Truth

How befitting this reading is for today and in these times. The first words speak of the last hour, and here we are in the waning hours of 2015. Like the lines that follow, we see so much evil in our world; so many “antichrists” rising up to spread hatred and fear. And yet this scripture passage also comforts us by pointing to our knowledge of the Holy One and His anointing upon us. It is in His truth that we will prevail.

As we enter this New Year, let us hold fast to the truth that is Christ Jesus. He is our refuge and protection. He is our courage and motivation. Through our knowledge of Him and anointing in Him, our “ordinary” becomes “extraordinary”. We can look forward to 2016 with a hope rooted in the Holy One. For in Him, there is no defeat.

—Michael Gabriele serves as Director of Communications for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland..

Prayer

Lord, as we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

—New Year’s prayer, © Loyola Press: A Jesuit Ministry, Chicago IL.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Today’s Ignatian Message


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Trust in His Truth

How befitting this reading is for today and in these times. The first words speak of the last hour, and here we are in the waning hours of 2015. Like the lines that follow, we see so much evil in our world; so many “antichrists” rising up to spread hatred and fear. And yet this scripture passage also comforts us by pointing to our knowledge of the Holy One and His anointing upon us. It is in His truth that we will prevail.

As we enter this New Year, let us hold fast to the truth that is Christ Jesus. He is our refuge and protection. He is our courage and motivation. Through our knowledge of Him and anointing in Him, our “ordinary” becomes “extraordinary”. We can look forward to 2016 with a hope rooted in the Holy One. For in Him, there is no defeat.

—Michael Gabriele serves as Director of Communications for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland..

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Lord, as we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

—New Year’s prayer, © Loyola Press: A Jesuit Ministry, Chicago IL.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

1 John 2: 18-21

Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

 


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December 30, 2015

Lk 2: 36-40

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

To Anyone Who Will Listen  

Because of her advanced age and daily commitment to praying in the temple, Anna became someone who was respected. After so many years of praying, hoping, and waiting for her redeemer, God gave her the opportunity to see the Christ child face-to-face when Mary brought him to the temple. So even after so many years, hope and patience like that of Anna’s can be rewarded. In other words, we are never too old and it’s never too late to have something constructive to do in our relationship with God.

As modern day Catholics, in the busy lives we all lead, it’s both natural and typical to hope for a better job, a sleeker physique, a nicer car or place to live, and other “stuff.” But what about hoping for a better spiritual life with God? Hoping for a better relationship with Him? We don’t necessarily need to spend all day in church like Anna but, during the Christmas season, if you’ve felt your hopes dashed, maybe it’s time to take an approach like hers? Be patient, but be proactive too.

John and Katie Nicolau are active members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Glenview IL, where they have lived for over 23 years. They have been married for 32 years and have 4 children, three of whom graduated from Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL, John’s alma mater. John also serves on the board of Charis, a Jesuit ministry for young adults.

Prayer

Christ be our light, shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness.

Christ be our light, shine in your Church, gathered today.

—Bernadette Farrell, in Christ, Be Our Light, © OCP Publications, Inc., 1993.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Today’s Ignatian Message


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Christ be our light, shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness.

Christ be our light, shine in your Church, gathered today.

—Bernadette Farrell, in Christ, Be Our Light, © OCP Publications, Inc., 1993.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

To Anyone Who Will Listen

Because of her advanced age and daily commitment to praying in the temple, Anna became someone who was respected. After so many years of praying, hoping, and waiting for her redeemer, God gave her the opportunity to see the Christ child face-to-face when Mary brought him to the temple. So even after so many years, hope and patience like that of Anna’s can be rewarded. In other words, we are never too old and it’s never too late to have something constructive to do in our relationship with God.

As modern day Catholics, in the busy lives we all lead, it’s both natural and typical to hope for a better job, a sleeker physique, a nicer car or place to live, and other “stuff.” But what about hoping for a better spiritual life with God? Hoping for a better relationship with Him? We don’t necessarily need to spend all day in church like Anna but, during the Christmas season, if you’ve felt your hopes dashed, maybe it’s time to take an approach like hers? Be patient, but be proactive too.

John and Katie Nicolau are active members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Glenview IL, where they have lived for over 23 years. They have been married for 32 years and have 4 children, three of whom graduated from Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL, John’s alma mater. John also serves on the board of Charis, a Jesuit ministry for young adults.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Lk 2: 36-40

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation


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