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by Donald MacMillan, S.J., '66, MDiv '72

Donald A. MacMillan, S.J., has served as a campus minister at Boston College since 1995. At BC he coordinates the Urban Immersion Program and from 1996 - 2013 organized the summer Arrupe trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico where BC students had direct experience with Latin American refugees and the poor of Mexico. He is also engaged in the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. In 2012 he was awarded the Robert M. Holstein Faith that Does Justice Award by the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

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Advent Reflections 2015

Christmas Reflection

Join Fr. MacMillan this Christmas as he reflects on passages from John's gospel: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.' 'And the Word became flesh and made his home among us.'" » Click here to read more

Fourth Sunday of Advent

The four candles are lit for us to see and hear the Lord, and the Lord to see and hear us.  In J.S. Bach’s Advent Cantata, No. 61, we hear sung “Open wide, my heart, thy portals; Jesus enters in to thee…”  If we’re noisy and not listening, we won’t hear him entering our hearts and the hearts of all creation. » Click here to read more

Third Sunday of Advent

We are strengthened even to pray for our enemies and to love all people with the love of Christ. All that being said, we know that there is plenty of darkness, the most recent darkness being the murders in San Bernadino, California on the heels of so many other massacres this past year. The first question that came out of my mouth was “Why?” » Click here to read more

Second Sunday of Advent

Luke thought a lot of John to give him almost the same introduction that he gave to Jesus. John’s message is simply telling us to get cleaned up and get our act together because the Messiah is coming. In fact, He’s already here. » Click here to read more

First Sunday of Advent

Every year I am amazed at how close to reality the words of scripture are. We hear of signs 'in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay'. (Lk. 21:25) Our news media has been filled with the stories of nations in dismay: Paris, France; Beirut, Lebanon; Bamaka, Mali; Syria, Turkey, Israel, Latin America, the United States. » Click here to read more

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