AR#15 – Advent Reflections with Deacon James Keating Ph.D.

AR#15 – Advent Reflections with Deacon James Keating, Ph.D.Keating-2

Family life can be very stressful. We all have expectations. We all have dreams for our families. But sometimes, our expectation and our dreams can be imposed and cause stress. Each member of our family is growing at the rate that God wants them to grow. Grace is maturing in our children. Grace is transforming our spouses. This Advent, in the very heart of our homes, let’s practice the virtue of Patience. Let’s practice the charitable act of allowing each person to grow according to the grace that they can receive. This Advent let’s rejoice, in the very midst of our family, that each member of our family is different, growing and maturing in God in their own way, and at their own pace. And let’s not despair at this growth or maturation, for God loves your children more than you do. God loves your spouse more than you do. Entrust your children and your spouse to God, and then watch them grow.

Deacon James Keating, PhD, the director of Theological Formation for the Institute for Priestly Formation, located at Creighton University, in Omaha, is making available to “Discerning Hearts” and all who listen, his series of programs entitled “The Heart of Hope”.