A Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent Luke 3:1-6

The area of Umburanas is situated in the semi-desert region of the North-East of Brazil. When the Little Sisters of the Assumption first went there, there was a chronic shortage of clean drinking water both in the town and in the rural villages. The water system in the town had been privatized shortly beforehand, and was owned by the Town Mayor’s family. Most of the poorer families of the town had no water as they could not afford to pay the constantly increasing water charge, so their supply was cut off. A public meeting was held organized by the missionaries, and a small group of concerned people formed a Water Commission to try to do something. The majority were afraid to get involved as it might be seen that they were ‘against the Mayor’.

A Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent

Jesus speaks in the first part of this gospel about terrifying signs that will precede the final liberation of the human family and in the second half He talks of awareness and readiness for entering into life through the values we embrace and choices we make.

A Reflection for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King

A woman called Jean welcomes people into a local community centre inDublin. She asks people to sign in and shows them where to go. You turn away from her feeling loved, appreciated and walking tall. There’s magic in her smile and in her voice. A golden lady, illuminating the gold in everyone.