Advent Reflection, Day 18

Sudan refugees

Sudanese refugees carrying their only belongings as they arrive in Chad. Photo by Kevin Hartigan/CRS

Today’s Readings

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
- Helen Keller

All of us have material possessions that are important to us, from the simple and inexpensive to the extravagant and costly. When we think of what is truly important to us, most of us can separate our material wants from emotional needs. People worldwide share these same feelings: possessions can make us feel more secure and complete. As we go about our day, let us reflect on the material things around us and contrast our possessions to those of someone living in poverty. Let our reflection not only be a reminder of the world’s inequities, but also of humanity’s common needs.

God, help me to focus today not on my want, but on Your holy desire. Amen.

Act: Read an excerpt from the US Bishops Pastoral Letter on Migration which provides a basis for CRS’ work with refugees.

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