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Merry Christmas, everyone!

(Check this video out first!) BE SURE TO ENTER FULL SCREEN. 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 […]

Advent Day 23 — Our vulnerable God

Our Lady breast feeding Jesus — Shrine of our Lady of La Leche — St. Augustine, Florida Wednesday of the fourth week of Advent Luke tells us the charming story that God became incarnate — enfleshed — as a little vulnerable baby boy. It’s amazing to really think about that. Even if you’re not ready […]

Advent Day 21– What wondrous love is this?

Tuesday of the fourth week of Advent 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? Are you here in […]

Advent Day 20 ~ The Burning Bush of the World

O Adonai and Ruler of the House of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and on Mount Sinai gave him your law. Come, and with outstretched arm redeem us. Monday of the fourth week of Advent Advent themes are all about waiting for light to shine in our darkness. […]

Advent Day 19: 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 Fourth Sunday of Advent There sometimes can be a lot of depression swirling around at Christmas. People can feel lonelier because we’re expected to be cheerier […]

Advent Day 17 ~ What are you waiting for?

Friday of the third week o f Advent One of the major themes of Advent I promised I would talk about is  “waiting.” The Jewish people are waiting for the Messiah.  We are waiting for the return of Christ. Some expect him “soon and very soon.” (As for me, I don’t worry my lil head […]

Advent Day 14 ~ Soar like an eagle!

The symbol for St. John is the eagle because he soars to the heights of mystical love  Tuesday of the third week of Advent Isaiah is so amazing.    He offers hope. He sees imminent possibilities for the human race.  He warns.  And also he chastises. (More on that later.) I’ve always loved this scripture that […]