November 27, 2017
Center for Campus Ministry E-News November 27
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Center for Campus Ministry E-News November 27
What's Happening in the Center for Campus Ministry this Week
From Our Chaplain
The last Sunday in Ordinary Time on the liturgical calendar is Christ the King Sunday. This solemnity, celebrated on November 26 this year marked the end of one liturgical year and the beginning of another. On Sunday, December 3 the new liturgical year will begin with the first Sunday in Advent.
Before we leave the past year behind and turn our attention to the festive days in December it is helpful to take another look at the gospel reading for this past Sunday. The gospel is from Matthew 25. It is Jesus' teaching on the judgement at the end of time. Of all the failures that we might imagine stand out on Judgement Day, one rises above all others: The failure to see Christ in our sister or brother.
The condemned ask, rightly so, "When did we see you Lord?" To which the Lord replies, "I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink. I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, ill or in prison and you did not visit me." Matthew 25.
The Jesuit, Father John Kavanaugh, now deceased, wrote once: "In all the ways that God has been revealed to high human consciousness, there has been one abiding theme: the dignity and value of the human person."
I thought about this as I read a story about the rise of homelessness in our suburban cities. Cities including Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Woodbury are seeing an increase in homelessness. The number of young adults, and adolescents is also increasing. The Wilder Foundation's study on homelessness in 2015 reported 361 homeless young adults and unaccompanied minors who were homeless in Ramsey County and 343 in Hennepin County. (see www.mnhomeless.org).
The psalmist writes: For he shall save the poor when they cry and the needy who are helpless. He will have pity on the weak and save the lives of the poor." (Psalm 72).
As we prepare for the great celebrations of this month, let us remember to also see the needs of our sisters and brothers, especially among the poor of our city.
The Season of Advent is Upon Us
The Advent season begins next Sunday, December 3rd.
Have we considered adding times of silence during our busy day?
Have we considered visiting the Chapel and praying or attending daily Masses during this season that prepares us for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ?
Let us use this beautiful season to renew our spiritual life and to spend more time in prayer.
As Advent starts, we would like to invite you to subscribe for the Advent/Christmas reflections which will be send daily to those who would like to receive them. This reflections come from different contributors from the St Thomas community, which include, staff, faculty, alumni and students.
Those who have received them previously have expressed how our reflections inspire their day and offer spiritual nourishment for the season.
To subscribe visit: www.stthomas.edu/spirituality.
Advent Morning of Reflection
All faculty and staff are inviting to attend this Advent Morning of Reflection with Fr. Michael Joncas
Mary in the Church's Advent Prayer: Texts, Hymns and Devotional Practices
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Please RSVP by sending an email to the Office for Spirituality.
VISION SAYS: Plan Ahead for Spring Break!
Sometimes it's nice to plan ahead early. If you've been thinking about what you would like to do for your spring break, please consider applying for a VISION trip. This year, our global community-building service trips will be taking us to the following sites: Alamosa, Colorado; Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona; Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota; Chicago, Illinois; White Rose Farm, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee.
Applications are not due until February 16th, but it is never too early to start thinking about it!
Meet the Guatemala Trip Leaders!
Learn more about the Alyssa, Brenna, and Yusuf. They will be leading the trip to Guatemala this year. Keep reading to learn why they chose VISION.
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