Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Advent is a season in which the Church focuses our vision on the virtue of HOPE. We remember the Virgin Mary, who "hoping against hope" (Rm 4:18) miraculously gave birth to baby Jesus. We thank God that, through Jesus' birth and Resurrection, He "gave us new birth; a birth unto hope" (1 Pt 1:3). We anticipate the glorious inheritance God has prepared for us in heaven as His sons and daughters. The Lord plans to "give [us] a future full of hope" (Jer 29:11).
Let's pray for all the readers of One Bread, One Body for an increase in the virtue of hope. Let's pray for an increase in the desire for heaven and the things of the kingdom of God. Let's wait in hope "with patient endurance" (see Rm 8:25) for Christmas and Jesus' Second Advent (His final coming). As Fr. Al Lauer, founder of Presentation Ministries, often said, "Jesus is our only hope, and the only hope we need!" We know that "this hope will not leave us disappointed" (Rm 5:5).
For Advent listen to our radio program. Daily Bread. We pray that the teaching of Fr. Lauer through this program will increase your hope. It is available through many radio stations, and you
can listen on our website by clicking the "Daily Bread" tab. You can also find there a link to station listings and information about getting this program on
the radio in your area.
Pray about beginning a plan to read through the whole Bible in 2012. We offer several Bible reading plans including: Fr. Al's Plan for Reading the Bible Each Year and Through the Bible in One Year. These are available on our website or by calling (513) 662-JESU.
Please pray about sending us a donation. Presentation Ministries is a faith-based ministry that depends on you listening to God in order to continue His work through us. We pray that you grow in faith, hope, and love as you prepare for Christmas and that you share that faith, hope, and love with many people in 2012.
May God bless you abundantly!
Your brothers and sister in Jesus,
Deacon George Schmidl, Mark Schuermann, Chris Jasek and Judy Erwin
(Directors of Presentation Ministries)
December 1, 2011