Advent reflection by Bishop Smith "Invitation to Prayer"

Beginning the four week season of preparation for Christmas, Bishop Smith has written a reflection entitled "Invitation to Prayer".

The full text of the letter is available at

The Bishop invites us through prayer, penance and reflection to seek, by God's grace, the healing of the wounds afflicting so many and the spiritual renewal and rebirth of the Church.

Advent is a time of waiting that invites us to pause and reflect as we prepare to celebrate Christ's intervention in human history, His intervention in all of our lives. There is a profound message of hope at the heart of the birth of Mary's child. The hope invested in His coming should mark our journey in life, giving it meaning and purpose. In taking on our human nature, Christ affirms the dignity and sacredness of every life in the sight of God.

Central to our faith is the belief that the Lord is present in each of us in the gradual unfolding of our lives. He accompanies us and will one day dry our tears. In coming among us, Christ brings us and continues to offer us the gift of His love, the gift of salvation. He invites us to speak to Him, to present our joys and sorrows, our pains and suffering, the questions and doubts that may arise in our hearts. He tells us simply ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled, trust in God still, and trust in Me', reassuring us that His heart is ever open to us. May our acceptance of this invitation to prayer and renewal deepen and strengthen our faith, our hope and our charity.  


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