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December 1


Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

  • The Jubilee Year of Mercy begins in one week! Reflect on the Pope's words in the letter announcing the Jubilee Year, Misericordiae Vultus We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness. (MV2) 

  • Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving back and being good stewards of the gifts God has given us. Learn about the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa and consider making a donation in unity with our brothers and sisters in Africa. 

  • This resource has ideas for your personal Jubilee journey: Living Mercy in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. En Espanõl.

  • Today's Jesse Tree Symbol & Reading:
    The ram depicted on today’s ornament is the sacrifice God provided Abraham when he saw Abraham was willing to give up his only son, if that is what God required of him. Read about Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22:1‐19.
    — Anne-Marie Welsh for Faith magazine, published by the Diocese of Erie

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