Goodness and Light: Advent, Week Two

James Martin, SJ is a Jesuit priest, author, and editor at large at America, the national Catholic magazine. We recommend his book Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life. You can also check out his recent On Being conversation with Krista Tippet on Finding God in All Things

Today we talked about how the idea that “our mess can be our message” can be a central component to our sharing of the Gospel--that in the midst of a broken world and our broken lives, the goodness and light of Jesus Christ shines in the darkness and gives us hope when there does not seem any reason to have any. How can we share our less-than-whole selves as a witness to Christ’s redeeming work in the world? We’d love to hear from you.

The Santa Maria Hostel is goodness and light breaking into the world. It is one of the only substance use disorder treatment centers for women that offers a full continuum of services for women who are pregnant or parenting. The Santa Maria Hostel offers residential and outpatient addiction, recovery, housing, prevention, and intervention programs. Instead of separating families trying to work to wholeness, Santa Maria meets each family where they are at on their recovery journey. To spread the goodness and light that Santa Maria brings and help pave the way for the women they help, take a look at their volunteer and support opportunities for where you might fit.