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Song of Solomon 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18a ~ Luke 1:39-45
What is the quality of our waiting: Is it intense, passionate, on edge, concentrated? Do we wait for the coming of the Word made flesh into the world and into our own flesh like a lover waits? What are we expecting this Word-of-God-made-flesh to say to us? For Christians in the northern hemisphere, it is now the heart of winter; in the southern climes, it is beginning to turn cooler and the rains are coming. We read in the Song of Solomon that when those who seek each other meet, it is the fullness and harvest of spring and summer and the lushness of blossom. Are we watching and listening for Love to appear in our midst, seize hold of us, and bring the world back to life?
There is an anonymous saying: "That which you are seeking is always seeking you." God is always seeking us. Do we move with haste and the freedom of hope? Or do we just learn to stop stock still and look? God is everywhere. There is no place where God is not. Now, we are being taught to look for the presence of God in every human being. Are we learning to see the shining presence of holiness and love hidden and seeping out in the face of everyone?
We hear the same gospel as yesterday-did we catch the revelation? We are all blessed. We have all heard the Word of God that has been proclaimed to us. We have all believed in it-to one degree or another. God's word will be fulfilled in us, as it was in Elizabeth and Mary. Because of the moment of the Incarnation that continues through time and history, we are always being met by the Spirit of God. Irénée Guilane Dioh, an African writer, says, "Every word and every being come knocking at your door, bringing you their mystery. If you open to them, they will flood you with their riches."
For more resources for prayer, study and action this Advent season, click here.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Buying Fair Trade Gifts?
Support a Framework for Fair Trade -- Get your Senator on board with the TRADE Act.
NETWORK activists like you have consistently opposed unfair trade agreements. You've helped your members of Congress understand how our trade policies hurt poor and vulnerable communities in the U.S. and in the developing world. Now we have a key opportunity to help Congress map a fair way forward on trade!
Last week, Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced the Senate version of the 2009 TRADE Act (S. 2821). The TRADE Act is an excellent vehicle for re-evaluating U.S. trade policy and re-shaping it so that it serves the common good in stable jobs, environmental protections, public health, and poverty reduction. It sets standards for what must and must not be included in future trade agreements, and requires a comprehensive review of existing trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA that are failing to serve the most vulnerable in the U.S. and our trading partners.
Please email your Senator and urge him or her to co-sponsor this bill. The more co-sponsors the TRADE Act has, the greater momentum we will gain in Congress for a new trade agenda.
You can send an e-mail via: http://capwiz.com/networklobby/issues/alert/?alertid=14462976&type=CO
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Advent is almost over - haven't we waited long enough for healing?
People we know are desperate for better healthcare, yet our senators are scheming and dealing and criticizing and positioning themselves for the next election. You are probably tired of the healthcare debate. We are too. But when we listen to the pleas of people all over the country, and we realize how close we are to getting legislation that will start to fix our healthcare system, we know we need to ask you one more time for your advocacy.
Please, please contact your senators this week and next week - call them, e-mail them, send them a Christmas card, visit them if you can. Tell them about the people you know who can't get the healthcare they need. Tell them about your own fears. If you need any more motivation, read some of the stories that people like you have told us. No matter what you have heard about the healthcare bills, know that they contain many good and necessary things to help people like you and others. Also please know that there is no opportunity to start over. We need to get the legislation passed now, and fix the things we don't like in the bill later.
You can call both your senators via the Capitol switchboard 202-224-3121, and e-mail them via NETWORK's website: http://capwiz.com/networklobby/issues/alert/?alertid=14410111&type=CO
As we await the celebration of the coming of the Messiah, the great healer, we dare not step back now from efforts to change our country's healthcare system.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The United Nations Climate Change Conference - Copenhagen, 2009 - kicked off with a strong sense of confidence that countries can seal a comprehensive, ambitious and effective international climate change deal in Denmark and with an unprecedented sense of urgency to act on climate change. The highly anticipated conference marks an historic turning point on how the world confronts climate change. You can follow the proceedings via web cast at http://www1.cop15.metafusion.com/kongresse/cop15/templ/ovw.php?id_kongressmain=1&theme=unfccc&=
One of our colleagues, Sr. Ann Marie Braudis, MM, reports from Copenhagen the plea for recognition that the climate change situation is worse than what we thought, causing rapid changes in Small Island States and in poor African countries…. This was supported by one Island State after another. Cape Verde said, “We demand to survive. We demand a commitment to our survival. If we disappear we will not disappear alone; we will simply precede you in disappearing.”
Sunday, December 6, 2009
As a member of the climate change crisis coalition, 350.org, Pax Christi USA is supporting efforts to influence the gathering of leaders at the Copenhagen climate conference next week. In the middle of the conference, 350.org has called for days of action, December 11-13, to highlight the urgency of this moment for action on climate change. In particular, candlelight "vigils for survival" are being held around the world as actions of solidarity with nations whose very survival is threatened by the climate crisis. Click here for more information. (For those of you in the NY/NJ area, there are a few vigils in Manhattan and one in Morristown.)
Friday, December 4, 2009
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A witness in the case of an American nun who was murdered in the Brazilian Amazon has been shot several times and is in a critical condition.
He was reportedly attacked just hours after being summoned to testify in a fraud case against one of the ranchers accused of ordering the nun's murder.
Dorothy Stang, 73, campaigned to preserve the rainforest and protect the rights of rural workers.
Her killing in 2005 caused international outrage.
The attack on witness Roniery Lopes took place in the same area where Stang led her decades-long campaign.
He was due to testify against Regivaldo Galvao, who is accused of trying to use false documents to obtain the plot of land Stang died trying to defend.
Mr Galvao and fellow rancher Vitalmiro Moura have been accused of hiring gunmen to kill the nun, who came from Dayton, Ohio.
Mr Galvao, who denies the charge, was arrested in 2005 but was freed on bail in 2006 and has not faced trial.
Mr Moura was acquitted at a trial in 2008 but a new trial was ordered earlier this year.