On Sunday we lit the Peace candle as we moved past the quick fix of Fast Food spirituality and embraced the idea that Soul Food is slow food. This week we take some time for some soul food that offers the gift of peace. Each day you'll find a question and an opportunity to journal and pray.
Psalm: Psalm 148
Old Testament: Isaiah 5:1-7
New Testament: 2 Peter 3:11-18
Gospel: Luke 7:28-35
What (or who) is the greatest threat to peace in your life?
O God, by thy mercy strengthen us who lie exposed to the rough storms of trouble and temptations. Help us against our own negligence and cowardice, and defend us from the treachery of our unfaithful hearts. Succour us, we beseech thee, and bring us to thy safe haven of peace and felicity.
— St. Augustine
Psalm: Psalm 25
Old Testament: Isaiah 5:8-12, 18-23
New Testament: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Gospel: Luke 21:20-28
What do you do to find peace in the midst of the noise and compulsions of life? What do you need to do more?
O Lord my God; Teach my heart this day where and how to see you; Where and how to find you. You have made me and remade me; And you have bestowed on me all the good things I possess; And still I do not know you. I have not yet done that for which I was made. Teach me to seek you; For I cannot seek you unless you teach me; Or find you unless you show yourself to me; Let me seek you in my desire; Let me desire you in my seeking; Let me find you by loving you; Let me love you when I find you.
— St. Anselm
Psalm: Psalm 38
Old Testament: Isaiah 6:1-13
New Testament: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Gospel: John 7:53-8:11
Where are your words and actions in agreement, or is there disharmony in your life? Are you the
same person on Sunday evening as you are on Monday morning, or Saturday night?
O Lord, we humbly beseech you to give us grace not only to be hearers of the Word, but also doers
of the Word; not only to love, but also to live your gospel; not only to profess, but also to practice
your blessed commandments, for the honour of your holy name.
— Thomas Becon
Psalm: Psalm 37:1-18
Old Testament: Isaiah 7:1-9
New Testament: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Gospel: Luke 22:1-13
God calls us to intercede and pray for our leaders and earthly authorities. Which leaders (local & national government, world leaders, church and society) do you believe God is calling you to pray for?
O Almighty God, the Father of all humanity, turn, we pray, the hearts of all peoples and their rulers, that by the power of your Holy Spirit peace may be established among the nations on the foundation of justice, righteousness and truth; through him who was lifted up on the cross to draw all people to himself, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— William Temple
Psalm: Psalm 31
Old Testament: Isaiah 7:10-25
New Testament: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5
Gospel: Luke 22:14-30
Scripture encourages us to “fear not.” What fears about your past, present and future can you surrender to the Lord today?
Fortify me with the grace of Your Holy Spirit and give Your peace to my soul that I may be free from all needless anxiety, solicitude and worry. Help me to desire always that which is pleasing and acceptable to You so that Your will may be my will.
— St. Francis Xavier Cabrini
Psalm: Psalm 30
Old Testament: Isaiah 8:1-15
New Testament: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18
Gospel: Luke 22:31-38
What kind of listener are you? How do you listen to others? How do you listen to God?
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, not so much to be understood as to understand, not so much to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.
— St. Francis Of Assisi
On Sunday we lit the Hope candle as we dared to turn away from those things in our outer world that replace our need of genuine forgiveness and those things in our inner world that blind us to the presence of God and our need of genuine forgiveness. This week we take some time for some soul food that offers the gift of hope. Each day you'll find a question and an opportunity to journal and pray.
Psalm: Psalm 146
Old Testament: Isaiah 1:1-9
New Testament: 2 Peter 3:1-10
Gospel: Matthew 25:1-18
How would you describe the season of life in which you are now? What are its major opportunities and challenges?
Govern everything by your wisdom, O Lord, so that my soul may always be serving you in the way you will and not as I choose. Let me die to myself so that I may serve you; let me live to you who are life itself. Amen.
— St. Teresa Of Avila
Psalm: Psalm 1
Old Testament: Isaiah 1:10-20
New Testament: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Gospel: Luke 20:1-8
In which area of your life is your heart often led astray from God’s purposes? Why?
O teach us to despise all vanities, to fight the battles of the Lord manfully against the flesh, the
world, and the devil, to spend our time religiously and usefully, to speak gracious words, to walk
always in your presence, to preserve our souls and bodies in holiness, ft for the habitation of the
Holy Spirit of God.
— John Cosin
Psalm: Psalm 5
Old Testament: Isaiah 1:21-31
New Testament: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Gospel: Luke 20:9-18
Advent teaches us the discipline of waiting. How has God enlarged you through the practice of
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who from your tender love towards us sinners has given us your Son, that believing in him we may have everlasting life; grant us your Holy Spirit that we may continue steadfast in this faith to the end, and may come to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
— John Calvin
Psalm: Psalm 119:1-24
Old Testament: Isaiah 2:1-11
New Testament: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20
Gospel: Luke 20:19-26
What makes it difficult for you to trust God? Why?
Lord God Almighty, shaper and ruler of all creatures, we pray that by your great mercy and by the token of the holy cross you will guide us to your will. Make our minds steadfast, strengthen us against temptation, and keep us from all unrighteousness. Shield us against our enemies, seen and unseen. Teach us to inwardly love you before all things with a clean mind and a clean body. For you are our Maker and Redeemer, our help and comfort, our trust and hope, for ever.
— King Alfred the Great
Psalm: Psalm 18:1-20
Old Testament: Isaiah 2:12-22
New Testament: 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
Gospel: Luke 20:27-40
What do you hope for the most? Why?
O God, our Father, we are exceedingly frail, and indisposed to every virtuous and noble undertaking; Strengthen our weakness, we beseech you, that we may be valiant in this spiritual war; help us against our own negligence and cowardice, and defend us from the treachery of our unfaithful hearts; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
— St. Augustine
Psalm: Psalm 16
Old Testament: Isaiah 3:8-15
New Testament: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Gospel: Luke 20:41-21:4
What are you most impatient for? What securities do you chase after?
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, All I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me.
— St. Ignatius
Advent Week 1 - Joy
On Sunday, we lit the Joy candle as we laid aside the false god of comfort - be it food or something else. This week take time for some soul food that offers the gift of joy. Each day you'll find a question and an opportunity to journal and pray.
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Psalm: Psalm 63:1-8
Old Testament: Isaiah 13:6-13
New Testament: Hebrews 12:18-29
Gospel: John 3:22-30
| Question What is most often the thief of joy in your life?
Take time to reflect or journal your answers
| Prayer O justice and innocence, fair and lovely, it is on you that I want to gaze with eyes that see purely and fnd satiety in never being sated. With you is rest and tranquil life. Whoever enters into you enters the joy of his Lord; there he will fear nothing and I find his own supreme good in God who is supreme goodness. I slid away from you and wandered away, my God; far from your steadfastness I strayed in adolescence, and I became to myself a land of famine. — St. Augustine
Psalm: Psalm 41
Old Testament: Isaiah 8:16-9:1
New Testament: 2 Peter 1:1-11
Gospel: Luke 22:39-53
| Question What is Christ calling you to die to? How has suffering produced deep joy and renewal in your life?
Take time to reflect or journal your answers
| Prayer Give me to die with thee that I may rise to new life, for I wish to be as dead and buried to sin, to selfishness, to the world; that I might not hear the voice of the charmer, and might be delivered from his lusts. O Lord, there is much ill about me—crucify it, much fresh within me— mortify it. — Puritan prayer
| Scripture Psalm: Psalm 45 Old Testament: Isaiah 9:1-7 New Testament: 2 Peter 1:12-21 Gospel: Luke 22:54-69 | Question
What characteristic of God astounds you?
| Prayer Almighty God, who through the death of your Son has destroyed sin and death, and by his resurrection has restored innocence and everlasting life, that we may be delivered from the dominion of the devil, and our mortal bodies raised up from the dead: Grant that we may confidently and wholeheartedly believe this, and finally, with your saints share in the joyful resurrection of the just; through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. — Martin Luther
| Scripture Psalm: Psalm 119:49-72 Old Testament: Isaiah 9:8-17 New Testament: 2 Peter 2:1-10a Gospel: Mark 1:1-8 | Question
When was a prayer of yours answered? What was it?
| Prayer Give us grace, almighty Father, to address you with all our hearts as well as with our lips. You are present everywhere: from you no secrets can be hidden. Teach us to fx our thoughts on you, reverently and with love, so that our prayers are not in vain, but are acceptable to you, now and always, through Jesus Christ our Lord. — Jane Austen
| Scripture Psalm: Psalm 50 Old Testament: Isaiah 9:18-10:4 New Testament: 2 Peter 2:10b-16 Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12 | Question
Do you make comparisons with others on a spiritual or any other level? What happens for you when you do this?
| Prayer See, O merciful God, what return I, your thankless servant, have made for the innumerable favors and the wonderful love you have shown me! What wrongs I have done, what good left undone! Wash away, I beg you, these faults and stains with your precious blood, most kind Redeemer, and make up for my poverty by applying your merits. Give me the protection I need to amend my life. I give and surrender myself wholly to you, and ofer you all I possess, with the prayer that you bestow your grace on me, so that I may be able to devote and employ all the thinking power of my mind and the strength of my body in your holy service, who are God blessed for ever and ever. Amen. — St. Peter Canisius
| Scripture Psalm: Psalm 40 Old Testament: Isaiah 10:5-19 New Testament: 2 Peter 2:17-22 Gospel: Matthew 11:2-15 | Question
In what ways are your eyes open to the burdens borne by others? In what ways can you share in God’s restorative work in and through cession|community?
| Prayer Merciful and most loving God, by whose will and bountiful gift Jesus Christ our Lord, humbled himself that he might exalt humankind; and became fesh that he might restore in us the most celestial image; and was born of the Virgin that he might uplift the lowly; grant us the inheritance of the meek, perfect in us your likeness, and bring us at last to rejoice in beholding your beauty, and with all your saints to give glory to your grace, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — Gallican Sacramentary