Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Dec. 14, 2014

Reflection for Dec. 14, 2014

How to 'rejoice always' -- even during difficult times

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by Sister Madonna Swintkoske

In the letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians, he tells us to "Rejoice always." As we hear the news and talk with others, it may seem impossible to rejoice, because we hear about riots, killings, war, abuse, sickness, death.  

To rejoice always does not necessarily mean to feel happy; but more finding our source of joy and expressing thanks.  Today we rejoice in preparation for Christ who is both coming again and is already here among us.  To find our source of joy is to find God in our lives, to rejoice in God's love and to place our hope in Him.

In all the struggles and stress that we encounter it helps that we accompany each other, helping one another.  Rejoicing is something we do by reaching out to each other. In the Gospel John the Baptist identifies Jesus as the Messiah, the one anointed by the Spirit, who brings glad tidings to the poor, heals the brokenhearted and brings liberty to captives.  We have reason to rejoice -- The Lord is near!


Beautifully said Sister! Thank you for "keeping me on track" with the daily reflections. God Bless you!

Thank you for your reflection today. I needed to "hear" your words and take them to heart.

Amy Grant captures the message, "Rejoice in Being True, in Pouring Out Our Hearts to God ...."

"Better Than a Hallelujuah Sometimes" by Amy Grant (see & hear it on YouTube)

Thanks you Sister for reminding me of the many ways to REJOICE!


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