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Praying with the Universal Apostolic Preferences in Advent

Nov. 26, 2019 - Advent begins on Sunday, Dec. 1. With its start, we also mark the beginning of the Church’s liturgical year. Advent is a season of waiting with hopeful expectation. Although we naturally look toward Christmas and the birth of Christ, the liturgy also invites us to see with the eyes of faith to the end of time.

The liturgy of Advent invites us to contemplate God whose promises are embedded within our time and history, shaping it and slowly bringing it to fulfillment in unexpected ways and through the least expected people.

In Advent, we encounter God who never ceases to surprise us.

During this past year, the Society of Jesus received the gift of four new Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs). They are: 

  1. To show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment;
  2. To walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice;
  3. To accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future;
  4. To collaborate in the care of our Common Home.

The international Society of Jesus invites all of us to use Advent to attend to the invitation contained in each UAP. Father James Hanvey, SJ, the Secretary for the Service of Faith in the Jesuit Curia, developed this beautiful guide, one that is both simple and rich theological underpinning, for Advent prayer with the Universal Apostolic Preferences. 

Please join us in prayer this Advent, and know that the Jesuits of the USA Central and Southern Province are praying for you and your intentions. 

Click here to download a PDF of the prayer pamphlet.





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