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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 […]

Rejoice! The Lord is near!

// PDRTJS_settings_938668_post_1110={“id”:938668,”unique_id”:”wp-post-1110″,”title”:”Advent Day 15 – What should we do?”, Third Sunday of Advent In our Catholic liturgical calendar this is “Gaudete Sunday — the Sunday of Joy.    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 rose vestments, which is […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ God prefers the poor

Friday of the Second Week of Advent (We will observe the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe today as it occurs on the 12th and will not be celebrated on Sunday)  This is an amazing story.  Half way down is an interpretation of the symbolism of the image that of the woman that appeared on […]

Advent Day 12– The dance of the shadows

// PDRTJS_settings_938668_post_1071={“id”:938668,”unique_id”:”wp-post-1071″,”title”:”Advent Day 11 – The dance of the shadows” // Thursday of the Second Week of Advent Here they are again, Lord.  Light and shadow together. In this case, it appears the shadows on the lawn are actually making room  for the light. It seems the shadows are even escorting the light! And the […]