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Advent 2016 blog series from the Sisters of Mercy of the America

The Fourth Week of Advent: A Time for Hopeful Waiting

December 16, 2016

By Sister Debbie-Ann Chambers, apostolic novice

“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world” (John 1:9). This year, as we await the coming of the light of Christ, we invite you to reflect on the meaning of Advent through diverse perspectives in our Mercy family. This reflection for the fourth week of Advent is written by Sister Debbie-Ann, a Mercy apostolic novice from Jamaica. Read other reflections in our 2016 Advent series.

hope (1)If you asked me to define Advent, I would say that it is a time of hopeful waiting.

If you also asked me what I am waiting for, or how I am waiting with hope, I’d probably feel a stirring in my heart and tell you of my life’s passion. I would say, I am waiting for the Kingdom of God—for right relationships and freedom for the poor and the captive.

In this time of overwhelming oppression of the poor, racial and ethnic discrimination and all other sorts of prejudice, you might confide in me that you are struggling with hope. I would listen and empathize with the difficulty of living our “already but not yet” belief in the Kingdom of God. Then, I would share this with you: hope, I have learned from my favorite writer, Paulo Freire, is not a wishy-washy virtue, a frivolous illusion or an act of wishful thinking. It is commitment to struggle and a commitment to looking for the opportunities for transformation, no matter the obstacles.   Read More »

Advent 2016 blog series from the Sisters of Mercy of the America

Advent from the Perspective of Immigrant Women who are Detained

December 9, 2016

By Sister Kathleen Erickson

“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world” (John 1:9). This year, as we await the coming of the light of Christ, we invite you to reflect on the meaning of Advent through diverse perspectives in our Mercy family. Read other reflections in our 2016 Advent series.

candle-335965_1920I am so privileged to be able to visit immigrant women who are detained in a county jail. Some have been there a short time, but most spend months there before being deported back to their country of origin. It is a form of psychological torture to wait for weeks without anyone from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) speaking with them. They have no idea when or even if they will be leaving the jail. Most do not receive asylum despite having fled threats, death of family members and violence. I see them individually on a weekly basis, and when I asked if they would like to share their thoughts about Advent being a time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Christ, these were some of their responses.   Read More »

Advent 2016 blog series from the Sisters of Mercy of the America

Advent amid the Midterms

December 2, 2016

By Samantha Douberly, fine arts teacher at Saint Vincent’s Academy

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Samantha Douberly (front, left) with colleague Carol Miles (front, right) and Principal Mary Ann Hogan (back, left) with students from Saint Vincent’s Academy.

This is me. I’m a 48-year-old, married mother of three teenagers. I teach art to freshmen high school students at Saint Vincent’s Academy in Savannah, Georgia, where my oldest daughter is in her junior year. Right now, Advent is being spent trying to hold the interest of 50 teenage girls as we head toward their first high school exams and the Christmas break. I drive my children hither and yon. From time to time I feed them before forcing them to bed and then force them into consciousness again in the morning. Occasionally, my husband and I bump into each other in the hallway or hold hands as we drift off watching “Antiques Road Show.” The fleeting thoughts of Christmas cause fleeting fits of panic, and I would much rather compartmentalize the entire season into the recesses of my mind.  Just like with a high school term paper, I will think about that tomorrow.   Read More »

Advent 2016 blog series from the Sisters of Mercy of the America

Advent Comes to the Streets—Or Does It?

November 28, 2016

By Sister Margretta Dwyer

“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world” (John 1:9). This year, as we await the coming of the light of Christ, we invite you to reflect on the meaning of Advent through diverse perspectives in our Mercy family.

homeless_guy_on_yonge_streetI am privileged to work at a drop-in center for people who are homeless. Sometimes we talk, and sometimes we sit in silence. Stories come forward without pressure. I asked several women and men if they knew about Advent. Two stories are related here—stories to help people wrap their heads around homelessness.

I proposed two questions to each person: What is Advent? And what does it mean to you?   Read More »