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Read Sister Joan's Advent message.
Pointing to the star
Advent is the season of waiting. Its function is to remind us what we’re waiting for as we go through life too busy with things that do not matter to remember the things that do.  When year after year we hear the same scriptures and the same hymns of longing for the life to come, of which this is only its shadow, it becomes impossible to forget the refrains of the soul.
 
Advent relieves us of our commitment to the frenetic in a fast-paced world. It slows us down. It makes us think. It makes us look beyond today to the “great tomorrow” of life.  Without Advent, moved only by the race to nowhere that exhausts the world around us, we could be so frantic with trying to consume and control this life that we fail to develop within ourselves a taste for the spirit that does not die and will not slip through our fingers like melted snow.
 
It is while waiting for the coming of the reign of God, Advent after Advent, that we come to realize that its coming depends on us. What we do will either hasten or slow, sharpen or dim our own commitment to do our part to bring it.
 
The Liturgical Year by Joan ChittisterAdvent stands before us, within us, pointing to the star for which the wise ones from the East are only icons of ourselves.
 
We all want something more. Advent asks the question, what is it for which you are spending your life? What is the star you are following now? And where is that star in its present radiance in your life leading you? Is it a place that is really comprehensive enough to equal the breadth of the human soul?

      —from The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister, Thomas Nelson
 

What's New: November 28, 2016

WHITE HOUSE MEETING:Joan Chittister is one of a small group of religious leaders invited to Against Hatred, a special interfaith event at the White House today (Nov. 28). The conference will discuss the upsurge of hostility, prejudice and division in the nation and explore ways to deal with these issues and build greater harmony and tolerance as faith leaders. The meeting is convened by the American Jewish Heritage, through its intergroup and interreligious division, The Fund for a Better Tomorrow. It was joined by a personal invitation from Dr. James Forbes Jr, President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation and for many years Senior Minister at Riverside Church, in New York City.
SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING:In her latest online column for the National Catholic Reporter, Joan Chittister explains what she’s thankful for. Click here.
LAST DAY:Today, Monday, Nov. 28, is the last day for FREE SHIPPING in the U.S. if you order any items from Benetvision. Click here.
NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER:                                                       

    
                  Joan Chittister and Br. Mickey McGrath 
                         offer you an Advent eRetreat

                                                     
What often gets lost between the Thanksgiving turkey and the pre-Christmas sales? The season of Advent. “Christmas,” Joan Chittister writes, “is not meant to be simply a day of celebration; it is meant to be a month of contemplation. But because Advent has been lost, we have lost one of the richest seasons of the year.”

This year make a choice to celebrate Advent by participating in the eRetreat, In Days to Come: Unwrapping the Gifts of AdventSister Joan’s reflections on the Sunday readings and Brother Mickey McGrath’s Advent art work will help ground you and give you strength for all the dull time of the rest of the year when there are no songs, no tinsel, no flashing lights to distract us from life’s raw, tart marrow.
Not too late to register, cost is $25. For more information and to register, click here.
SOUL POINTS:Monday, Nov. 28:  Today we celebrate the birthday (1757) of William Blake, one of the most imaginative and prophetic voices in poetry and art. Here is a short video on his life.

Tuesday, Nov. 29: “The greatest challenge of the day is how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution that has to start with each one of us?” wrote Dorothy Day who died on this day in 1980.  Now, more than ever, we must ponder and put into action her prophetic words.
 
Friday, Dec. 2: Here are four reminders from Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, Dorothy Kazel and Ita Ford, four missionaries who were brutally beaten, raped and then murdered in El Salvador on this date in 1980. 

“Am I willing to suffer with the people here, the suffering of the powerless, the feeling impotent? Can I look at and accept my own poorness as I learn it from other poor ones?"  —Ita Ford

"Several times I have decided to leave El Salvador. I almost could except for the children, the poor bruised victims of this insanity. Who would care for them? Whose heart could be so staunch as to favor the reasonable thing in a sea of their tears and loneliness? Not mine, dear friend, not mine." —Jean Donovan

"One cries out: Lord, how long? And then too what creeps into my mind is the little fear, or big, that when it touches me very personally, will I be faithful?"  —Maura Clarke

“We wouldn't want to just run out on the people...” —Dorothy Kazel 
CHRISTMAS CAROL OF THE WEEK:Let’s start the season with the classic O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, sung by Enya. Click here.
POEM OF THE WEEK:Since it’s William Blake’s birthday this week, let’s enjoy Patti Smith’s rendition of his famous poem, The Tyger. Click here.

 The Tyger 

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
    —William Blake
FROM OUR READERS:2017 Joan Chittister CalendarWhat a beautiful calendar. Thanks to Sr. Joan and all at Benetvision for your wonderful work. 
–T.McN, St. Denis Spiritual Book Group, Menlo Park, CA.

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The Monastic Way by Joan ChittisterI'm so sorry I let my subscription lapse! Looking forward to returning to The Monastic Way. Definitely needed because of our recent flooding.  —R.H., Baton Rouge, LA 

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I just finished reading Wisdom Distilled from the Daily. What a treat!  When I saw what it was about, I almost returned it to the library - not imagining it could be of interest to me.  It was delightfully interesting! Happy Thanksgiving!   —Mim

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