Monday's Events

December 7, 2020

Arise and Dream

 
 

Welcome Video from Archbishop José Gómez

Archbishop of Los Angeles 
President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Daily Prayer and Reflection

Bishop Ronald Hicks

Diocese of Joliet

Your Forum Prayer Guide for Monday, December 7, 2020

Arise and Dream

We are invited to dream – to imagine, to envision, and to look ahead with creative energy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered for proclaiming, “I have a dream!” at the March on Washington (August 28, 1963). Dreaming gives us something to aim for and it motivates us to go beyond the status quo.

Scripture for the Day: Isaiah 35:1-10

This is the first reading for the celebration of Mass on the Monday of the second week of Advent. The prophet Isaiah dreams of what is yet to come, saying “The desert and the parched land will exult” (Is 35:1). Let his vision for the future inspire us to think: What is possible? Where can we go from here?

Saints and Companions for the Day:

 

St. John the Baptist (first century)

who envisioned and prepared for the coming Messiah

 

St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) and St. Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

who together dreamed of “a poor Church for the poor” (cf. Pope Francis) as they laid the groundwork for the global Franciscan community

 

St. Clelia Barbieri (1847-1870)

who founded the religious community, the Little Sisters of the Mother of Sorrows, in her early young adulthood (at age 21) to tend to the needs of others

 

Ven. Augustus Tolton (1854-1897)

the first black Catholic priest in the United States, who as a young pastor, envisioned and created a parish community of African American Catholics in Chicago

 

And be sure to take time today to pray the Official Prayer for the 2020 Forum. With the intercessions of these holy companions, we pray in solidarity with one another as we “arise and dream.”