What Gives Us Hope?
By Sister Pat K.
We’re fast approaching the sacred season of Advent. It comes at a time when the natural world around us is going to sleep. Who will watch and wait for the Coming of Jesus? Who will take this time to look more deeply into the world that aches for the peace the world cannot give if not us, the faithful ones. All around the world and in the media there are scenes of violence, rancor and hopelessness. We mourn the loss of life, innocence, civility, compassion and hope. Who will carry the message of hope that rests in the very heart of Christmas if not us?
Every day from today until the First Sunday of Advent, we will be sharing with you the people and events that give us hope. Right there, right in our path, is someone reaching out to someone else with a kind word. Someone else spends hours, even days, pleading with those in power to release the captive, stop the bombing, feed the hungry, recognize the plight of the immigrant. We watch children in refugee camps playing, laughing, being children in spite of the desperation around them. We hear the voices of our poets and artists who lift the hearts and raise their voices to comfort those on the edge of giving up hope.
Where do you see signs of hope? What lifts your weary heart? Does Catherine’s McAuley’s example and that of the Sisters of Mercy who have gone before us remind us of how the “kind word, the gentle compassionate look and the patient hearing of sorrows” can bring hope to those whose lives we touch and to our world aching for signs of hope?