On Saturday, December 2, approximately 70 people convened at the Mission Helper Center for the annual Advent Day of Prayer. Facilitated this year by Sr. Mary Therese White, OSF, the theme was “The Radiance of Christmas: Celebrating Christ’s Light Within You”.
The morning session focused on celebrating not only the historical event of Christ’s birth, but his continuing birth in his people through the Holy Spirit and the waters of baptism. We were invited to consider what is being birthed within us at this time, and what God desires to bring forth in us and others.
Attendees enjoyed a delightful meal prepared by Carolyn Rodgers and her granddaughter, Alex Holmes.
In the afternoon, we considered how we act as Christ’s light in the world. We were invited to reflect on the question of who has been light for us, revealing God’s presence. We also reflected on how we bring the light of Christ to others.
Sr. Mary Therese’s presentations were accompanied by evocative music and prayers. Participants’ feedback indicated that the day was highly enjoyable, and extremely helpful to their spiritual journeys during Advent.
The day ended with Mass for the first Sunday in Advent, celebrated by Fr. Bill Watters, SJ.