An Advent Proclamation by Allan Boesak

 

We are called to proclaim the truth . . . And let us believe:

It is not true that this world and its people are
doomed to die and to be lost.
This is true: I have come that they may have life
in all its abundance
.

It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and
discrimination, hunger and poverty, death and destruction.
This is true: the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life,
the poor are hearing the good news
.

It is not true that violence and hatred should have the last
word, and that war and destruction have come to stay forever.
This is true: death shall be no more, neither shall there
be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore
.

It is not true that we are simply victims of the powers of
evil who seek to rule the world.
This is true: the Lord whom we seek will suddenly
come to the temple; and the Lord is like a refiner’s fine
.

It is not true that our dreams of liberation, of human dignity,
are not meant for this earth and for this history.
This is true: it is already time for us to wake from sleep.
For the night is far gone, the day is at hand
.

[The words of Allan Boesak, adapted from an address for the World Council of Churches, in Bread of Tomorrow: Prayers for the Church Year (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books 1992)]

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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2 Responses to An Advent Proclamation by Allan Boesak

  1. Anne Comeaux says:

    What a great reminder. Thanks, Paul. Happy Advent!

  2. Denise says:

    Truth is something that is lacking in our world, at least in this part of the world. I recall much more honesty in my younger days. It is refreshing to see the truth. I pray we return to truthfulness in all we do, say, think, & in how we look at others.

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