Welcome to the Mission Helpers’ BLOG

Welcome to the [first] blog of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart. We are delighted to have this new resource to share thoughts with old friends and new. Each week during Advent we will be posting a selection of reflections and observations on the liturgical season. In future postings, we will share our thoughts on current issues in ministry and religious life, significant events in the Mission Helper Community as well as reviews of books and movies. The postings will be written by Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart and our associates. We invite comments from our readers.

-Sister Loretta Cornell, President, MHSH

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One Response to Welcome to the Mission Helpers’ BLOG

  1. A great beginning here! I love Advent. During these special holy days I am using Karl Rahner’s Advent homilies for my morning meditations. This is one of my favorite references from Rahner:

    Reflection by Karl Rahner, S.J. (Advent)
    (From The Great Church Year: The Best of Karl Rahner’s Homilies, Sermons and Meditations. Crossroad Publications. 1995)
    But Advent also means that every person and every Christian is and should be an Advent person- not just in this part of the church year, but also in his or her entire life. This means being a person who cooperatively enacts the one and final movement of the world and history toward God’s arrival in it in freedom, in faith, hope and love. (p.7)
    Thus Advent demands that we look to the future; we are people of expectation and hope. Too quickly and too easily do we get immersed in what we call the present, although it is basically only the transition from a past which derails us, and to a future we do not yet possess. We are all too easily ones who forbid themselves dreams and distant hopes, and who are proud that they “soberly” (as they say) throw themselves “with both feet” into the immediately urgent tasks alone. But if we do not look toward the future, we basically do not know at all what the meaning and purpose of the present task is. Advent summons us to look to the future and to plan something for the day after tomorrow trusting in the conviction that if our plan for the near future should collapse, we have still survived the near future with courage against shortsighted resignation and we have demonstrated that we have faith in the eternal future of God. In Advent we should really ask ourselves in complete intimacy and concreteness if the spirit and heart in us still have a little room for novelty and future beyond the present.” (p. 9)

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