"O Lord, our Father and Redeemer, may we realize the many ways you 'announce' to us your presence in our lives and your invitation to 'give birth' to your compassion and peace in our midst. May your Spirit instill in us the generosity of heart and perseverance of spirit to let your call to your work of compassion and reconciliation 'be done' in our homes and hearts." (Waiting in Joyful Hope-Jay Cormier)
"Come, O Christ, Healer and Worker of Wonders! May we trust in your Word to heal our afflictions and illnesses; may we hope in your light to shatter the darkness of our despair and pain. Let us live the Advent of our lives with faith in your compassion, trust in your grace, and hope in your Easter promise."
(Waiting in Joyful Hope by Jay Cormier)
The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. (Pope Francis-Evangelii Gaudium)