One of the three theological virtues, hope is a spiritual grace, or as the Catechism states, " Hope is expressed and nourished in prayer, especially in the Our Father, the summary of everything that hope leads us to desire" (CCC, 1820).
As our liturgical year comes to a close, at first glance the readings at Mass can give us the feeling that the end is near. Christ's promise of eternal life, however gives us endless hope in a loving and merciful God no matter when our last days on earth will be.
Share with your children that even with the uncertainty of our economy, the challenges awaiting our new president, as well as in time of war, when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, there is nothing we can't handle. So, in the same way we pray at Mass, let us welcome Advent and "wait in joyful hope for the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ"!
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Coming this month on TCK
Feature Article: Blessing of the Advent Wreath»
Activity One (Grades K-5): Family Memory Activity from Take Out»
Activity Two (Grade 6 and up): Differences between Halloween, All Saints and All Souls (from OSV Newsweekly)»
Teacher Pattern: Thanksgiving Puzzles»
Soul Food for Teachers: A Mother Teresa Meditation»
Cathechist Know-how: "The Souls in Purgatory" by Mary Lou Rosien»
Catholic Parent Know-How: Why Should I Go to Confession? (excerpt)»
Check out OSV's pamphlet "How to Celebrate Advent." It will give you a combination of explanation, inspiration, and motivation in just the right dose! To order, click here. . More info or order here»
More OSV Advent resources can be found here»
Act of Hope
O my God, relying on your almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon for my sins, the help of your grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
(from Catholic Family Prayer Book, published by Our Sunday Visitor. More info or order here»)
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