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Supreme Chaplain's Monthly Challenge

November 2018

Jesus said to his disciples, “In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened…and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  (Gospel for Nov. 18, Mk. 13:24, 32)

There’s an old country Gospel song with a catchy refrain that asks this question: “What would you do if Jesus came to spend the day with you?” As Advent quickly approaches, the Church invites us to ponder this question—and prepare our hearts and souls accordingly. We frantically prepare for Christmas, buying gifts and decorating our homes. But will we prepare our soul with the same sense of urgency, purpose, and care? Advent is a sobering time of reflection on the second coming of Jesus. “What would you do if Jesus came to spend the day with you?” Soon he will. May we meet him with open arms and pure hearts.

Challenge by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori:

This month, recalling that we do not know the “day or the hour,” I challenge you to go confession, and make a commitment to go monthly thereafter as a means of maintaining vigilant care over your soul. Secondly I challenge you in the coming month to forgive someone who has hurt you in some way.