December 19, 2016

This article appears in the Advent 2014 feature series. View the full series.
Image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory of PSR B1509-58 – a spinning neutron star surrounded by a cloud of energetic particles, about 17,000 light-years from Earth.. X-rays from Chandra in gold are seen along with infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope in red, green and blue. NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, also took a picture of the neutron star nebula in 2014, using higher-energy X-rays than Chandra. (NASA/CXC/SAO: X-ray; NASA/JPL-Caltech: Infrared)

"O God of the Universe, you continually astound us with the wonders of creation. As we learn more about the vastness of the universe, that there are billions of galaxies and millions of planets and stars in our Milky Way galaxy, we realize how blessed we are that Jesus chose to become human on our Earth. Jesus' love for humankind is boundless and extravagant and he wants us to share that love with the stranger, the immigrant, the homeless, the imprisoned, the hurting and the destitute. God calls us to inclusive love with no strings attached. This is a daily choice and challenge as we remember this time when love took on flesh in our world."

- Sr. Barbara Ann Mayer, OSB

During Advent 2013, NCRonline.org invited the sisters of the Monastery of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kan., to contribute O Antiphons; Global Sisters Report is sharing some of them again in Visual Life. You can read the full series as it is republished this month here.

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