Over the past few weeks, in light of terror attacks around the world, two voices emerge as signs of light in what sometimes seems to be a darker and darker world. One is Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, whose most recent book is called Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence. The other is the familiar voice of Pope Francis, who on a recent trip to Africa, urged the people of that continent, and especially people of faith, to move toward dialogue. Religion, he said, can never be used to justify violence. He went on to say that interfaith dialogue is never a luxury or optional, but is simply essential. Their voices shine like Advent candles, calling us to look for ways to be peacemakers in an increasingly fractured and divided world.

Be sure to take a look this weekend at our annual Fair Trade and Alternative Gift Market in Clare Fellowship Hall. I remember last year’s fair was a big success. Also, this coming Tuesday, December 8 is the holy day for the Immaculate Conception. Mass times are 9:00 am with the school community and 7:30 pm, both in the church.

Blessings on your week!

Fr. Steve