Archive | December 2009

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2010 / ten years after Y2K

Dear friends, Can you believe that  a full decade of the Third Millennium has past under the bridge? Do you remember the awesome millennial celebrations all over the earth ten years ago today? Do you remember that for one shining moment the whole earth was one (won)? And where are we today? Ten years ago […]

St. Stephen’s Day – Heroic Love

Today, December 26, is the second day of Christmas,  the first day of Kwanzaa (African American).  May we learn about our own and each others’ celebrations.  It’s easy, just Google the word Kwanzaa. For us Christians the mystery of Incarnation (God-becoming-human in the person of Jesus Christ) needs more than one day to celebrate.  Here […]

Merry Christmas, everyone!

(Check this video out first!) Lo, how a rose e’er blooming, From Jesse’s lineage coming, As men of old have sung. It came, a floweret bright, Amid the cold of winter When half spent was the night Isaiah ’twas foretold it, The Rose I have in mind With Mary we behold it, The Virgin mother […]

Advent Day 18 – What wondrous love is this?

Friday of the third week of Advent (Final day of Hanukkah) O Come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear, Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel! Emmanuel, they tell us you are “God-with-us.” Where are you, Emmanuel? Are you here? […]

Advent Day 18 — Our vulnerable God

Thursday of the third week of Advent (Hanukkah Day 7) Luke tells us the charming story that God became incarnate — enfleshed — as a little vulnerable baby boy. It truly is amazing to really think about that. Even if you’re not ready to accept the story as true, the meaning of that story can […]

Advent Day 18: Depressed or lonely at Christmas?

O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer Our spirits by thine advent here; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night And death’s dark shadows put to flight. — O Antiphons Wednesday of the third week of Advent (Hanukkah Day 6) There sometimes can be a lot of depression swirling around at Christmas. People can feel lonelier […]

Advent Day 17 – What’s it all about?

Tuesday of the third week of Advent (Hanukkah Day 5) Dear reader, I’ve decided to take a deeper turn in this Advent blog. As I get closer to Christmas, my prayer is opening up to two things in the last few days. (1) a deeper realization of my sinfulness and frail human nature; this has […]

Advent Day 16 – The Burning Bush of the World

Monday of the third week of Advent –  (Hanukkah Day 4) Advent themes are all about waiting for light to shine in our darkness. For we who are Christians we await, Jesus, Yeshua, who is for us the Light of the World. We prepare a place for him to shine in our own hearts this […]

Advent Day 15 – What should we do?

Third Sunday of Advent (Day 3 of Hanukkah) In our Catholic liturgical calendar this is “Gaudete Sunday — the Sunday of Joy.  (You’ll see why at the bottom of this entry.  We’re half way through Advent and the vestment color is Rose, rather than purple, the color of penitence.  So, we see the celebrant in […]

Advent Day 14 – God prefers the poor

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 12  (also Day 2 of Hanukkah) Today,we honor our sister and brothers in Mexico as they celebrate the appearance of the Mother of Jesus  to a poor peasant native Mexican. Today, may we unite ourselves in solidarity with all the peoples of North and South and […]