Advent Credo

Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP
Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP

Today, I invite you to turn off your phone, close your door, and spend a few moments reflecting on this “Advent Credo” by Daniel Berrigan. May it help you enter into these final days of preparation with a heart centered and open for God’s love. May each of us be the Face of God’s Mercy and Peace to all those we meet. Peace be with you.

Advent Credo

by Daniel Berrigan

It is not true that creation and the human family are doomed to destruction and loss –
This is true: For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life;

It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and poverty, death and destruction –
This is true: I have come that they may have life, and that abundantly.

It is not true that violence and hatred should have the last word, and that war and destruction rule forever –advent
This is true: Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, his name shall be called wonderful councilor, mighty God, the Everlasting, the Prince of peace.

It is not true that we are simply victims of the powers of evil who seek to rule the world –
This is true: To me is given authority in heaven and on earth, and lo I am with you, even until the end of the world.

It is not true that we have to wait for those who are specially gifted, who are the prophets of the Church before we can be peacemakers –
This is true: I will pour out my spirit on all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young shall see visions and your old shall have dreams.

It is not true that our hopes for liberation of humankind, of justice, of human dignity of peace are not meant for this earth and for this history –
This is true: The hour comes, and it is now, that the true worshipers shall worship God in spirit and in truth.

So let us enter Advent in hope, even hope against hope. Let us see visions of love and peace and justice.

Let us affirm with humility, with joy, with faith, with courage: Jesus Christ – the Life of the world.

From Testimony: The Word Made Flesh, by Daniel Berrigan, SJ – Orbis Books, 2004

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3 responses to “Advent Credo

  1. This reflections does put a God face on what we see and feel in the world around us. I am lifted up by God’s Word.

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