Do not be afraid! You have found grace. You have received a gift.

Do you dare to believe it? To really listen to what he says? Can you dare to say yes to the life he wants to plant within you? 

Hail! Do not be afraid!

That there is one who knows you and loves you fully, who has a dream for your life and desires your free response and your happiness... is that imaginable?

Life to the full, for you and for others... In the quiet, invisible, the always present, the ordinary, concrete, everyday existence...

And if it seems impossible, is it possible to have faith in the answers given when you ask?

His thoughts are not our thoughts, and our ways are not always his – but he knows you way and your resting place, and he knows whom you need to meet... 
Do not be afraid!

The Meeting

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation, 
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

Ut unum sint (II)

Pope Francis' prayer intention for January 2017:
That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.

Resources for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017

Ut unum sint (I)

The Advent mystery is a mystery of beginning: but it is also the mystery of an end. The fullness of time is the end of all that was not yet fullness. It is the completion of all that was still incomplete, all that was still partial. It is the fulfillment in oneness of all that was fragmentary.

The Advent mystery in our own lives is the beginning of the end of all, in us, that is not yet Christ. It is the beginning of the end of unreality. And that is surely a cause of joy! But unfortunately we cling to our unreality, we prefer the part to the whole, we continue to be fragments, we do not want to be "one man in Christ."

Ten minutes for prayer in Advent

Lord, at the angel's message, 
Mary, the immaculate Virgin, became the temple of God 
and was filled with the light of the Holy Spirit 
when she received your divine Word. 
 Grant that, after her example, 
we may humbly and steadfastly follow your will. 
 We ask this through Christ, our Lord.