Advent Day of Prayer: Rejoice in the Lord Always, Again I Say “Rejoice”


Let’s open the GIFT of  JOY together so that we can “Rejoice in the Lord Always”.

December 12, 2018 10 AM to 3 PM (Includes Lunch)

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On Gaudete Sunday St. Paul tells us we should “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4-7) and he repeats it for us in case we didn’t get it the first time.  As we get closer and closer to Christmas there is a feeling of JOY in the air and yet there are the incongruous realities of troubles in our world that cause us turmoil or downright holiday blues because our families don’t fit the Currier and Ives picture of Christmas and yet the Scripture is clear – rejoice in the Lord always. Not only that, but St. Paul also tells us to let go of our worries and anxieties.  Where is your heart this Christmas?  Come away for a few hours to let JOY soak into your hearts and remember once again that JOY is a gift – even for you and me.  Let’s open the GIFT of  JOY together so that we can “Rejoice in the Lord Always”.

Julia Keegan, OSF, a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, is an associate staff member at the Franciscan Spiritual Center. Her ministry includes authoring the Center’s Blog, overseeing the website and other electronic social networks, giving retreats, doing spiritual direction and offering workshops on gratitude, Franciscan theology, and evolutionary spirituality. She has extensive professional experience in health care, nursing education, ethics, development, and has been involved in offering programs at parishes and health care institutions.