Mother Francis Clare, the founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, was a prolific writer in her day. Writing as M.F. Cusack, by 1870 more than 200,000 copies of her works had circulated throughout the world. In 1866 she published Meditations for Advent and Easter. During this Advent Season, we will share some selections from this work here on the CSJP Vocations blog. While Mother Francis Clare used the language and imagery of her day, her message and invitation to spend special time in prayer during Advent is in many ways timeless.
Meditation for today:
This is the Advent Sunday of joy. The Mass commences with joy. “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again, I say, rejoice.” And what is the cause of our joy? “The Lord is nigh.”
How many causes, then, we have for joy!
"We are consciously choosing to shape the future rather than allowing the future to shape us."
Sheila Lemieux, CSJP