Friar Don Miller. OFM
I am a Franciscan priest. I spent my early years of ministry in New Mexico working among the Pueblo Native Americans and the Hispanics. In 1978 I began my years in academics working as a chaplain, faculty member, and administrator at various universities in the southwest and the midwest. I taught various course in theology, especially in my area of specialty which is moral theology. I have been the Vocation Director for the Province of Saint John the Baptist since 2003.
 
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Advent Greeting/Reflection

Advent_wreathNo, I haven't died, run away from home, or landed in the hospital. I apologize for not having posted more frequently the past few weeks, but things have been a bit hectic. Thanksgiving and a bunch of meetings seem to have eaten up a good deal of time--and energy.


But I do want to take this opportunity to wish everyone and Blessed and Peaceful Advent. This short season of "joyful expectation" is so often overwhelmed by Christmas preparations that we miss the beauty and the blessings of this season. Advent is a time to wait and to prepare not only for the celebration of Christmas, but also for the Second Coming of Jesus. God came once into human history to save us and to show us how to live a fully human and holy life. He will come again to bring this world to a close as his Kingdom reaches fulfillment and we share in his glory forever. The Scripture reading for this First Sunday of Advent make it very clear--we need to prepare to meet the Lord by putting on the mind and heart of Jesus so that we begin more and more to think, act, and behave like him. May this season prove to be a time of blessing and peace for all of you.


For those of you on the Vocation Office mailing list, you should have received (or will receive this week hopefully) a copy of the latest newsletter along with a daily medication booklet for each day of Advent and into the Christmas Season. I hope it is a good resource for your prayer and discernment.


Comments

Ben Yockel

Thanks for the advent reflections. I've always look forward to them.

Luis

Medication booklet? Do you mean meditation booklet? New to your blog - checking out some Franciscan sites for some vocational insight. Great info available here. May the Lord continue to bless your work.

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