In 2013, Pope Francis issued a pastoral entitled Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). He wrote:

“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day.”

Advent is a perfect time for us to recall Jesus’ encounter with us as one totally human - flesh and blood, emotions and feelings. Jesus, God, Second Person of the Holy Trinity, continues to reach out, offering an encounter with each of us in all the circumstances of our life.

I pray that I may be open to Jesus’ presence, especially during this Advent season.


Jesus Lights the Way

December 04, 2017

Jesus, light the Way
Greet anew my pilgrim soul
Invite me to grasp Your Hand
As my soul journeys forth
Trusting Your Gospel message.
May I live hope, love joy.
And encounter you as my Lord and Savior!


Irene Charette, OSU