NOTE: All reflections throughout the Advent season will be available on our homepage through the weekend and then archived on our Advent 2022 webpage.
The reflection below is from Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Cathy Woodson from the 2016 Advent reflection booklet, Journey Toward Justice: Reflections for Advent and Christmas 2016.
by Cathy Woodson
Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace
In those days, like a fire, there appeared the prophet Elijah
whose words were as a flaming furnace. (Sir 48:1)
The prophet Elijah restored faith among the people. Through our faith, we pray that all our works will interrupt injustices, relieve sufferings, and bring hearts to God. During this Advent season, may we continue to seek ways to show our love and desire to live as faith-filled people.
Today we celebrate International Human Rights Day. Let us make an effort to celebrate the diversity of work in our community. Seek out the prophets of today as as yesterday to inspire and sustain us. We lift up the call to family, community and participation; the life and dignity of the human person; human rights and responsibilities; the dignity of work and rights of workers; the option for the poor and vulnerable; global solidarity; and care for God’s creation. These are the basic themes of Catholic social teaching, and Pax Christi USA’s commitment to creative nonviolence — living and working for peace with justice.
As we prepare the way of God, may we continue to use our life experiences to show others the way to Christ and respect to those of other religious traditions.
Have you shared with your family why you are committed to social justice?
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