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Best of the Week 2021-2022: Holy Cross Values


This Advent season, St. Ed's Student Ministers invite the community to follow along with daily Advent reflections written by our students to prepare ourselves for the Christmas season. "The Advent reflections we've written allow our peers and others in our community to share their thoughts during a very important time," says Matthew Mullin-Gray '22. "The Student Ministers and I knew that we wanted to do something different for the Advent season, and we naturally gravitated towards something that involved scripture. Scripture—Jesus' teachings—is what guides our lives. In the time where the Church celebrates the birth of Jesus and the coming of the Messiah, reflecting on scripture helps us better understand the life we have been called to. Likewise, reading other peoples' thoughts broadens our perspective and helps us to realize the entirety of the message, not just what we have discovered alone."

"Our students really took this project and ran with it from start to finish," says Director of Campus Ministry Cari White. "Our Student Ministry Prayer group (led by Matthew and his brother Nate) decided on the themes that each week's reflections focus on, and have spent a lot of time to ensure that the Advent reflections come from the many voices of the St. Ed's community. Advent marks the four weeks leading to Christmas, where the Church focuses on preparing our hearts, minds, and homes for the coming of Christ, which is why so many readings focus on watching, being ready, and looking for Christ. These student-led reflections are a great opportunity for our community to really think about what it means for Christ to be present and active in their lives." To stay up-to-date on the daily Advent reflections written by our students, visit and select "Advent Reflections" under the "Faith & Service" tab.

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