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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 […]

Advent Day 23 ~ What does it all mean?

Friday of the Fourth Week of Advent O come, O Come Emmanuel That mourns in lonely exile here And ransom captive Israel         Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel! Remember the age-old story “The Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens?  That laid out for us more than […]

Merry Christmas, everyone!

“Merry Christmas, everyone!”        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 kind […]

Advent Day 22 ~ December 22, 2011 ~ The Winter Solstice ~ He must increase

Thursday of the Fourth week of Advent “O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.”          ~ O Antiphons This morning at 5:30 a. m. we observed the Winter Solstice with our pagan brothers and sisters.  I do not use […]

Advent Day 22 ~ Are you waiting for something ~ for Someone?

Tuesday of the Fourth week o f Advent “O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.” ~ O Antiphons The Jewish people are waiting for the Messiah.  We wish our Jewish neighbors well as they begin their […]

Advent Day 20: 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 19 ~ The Burning Bush of the World

Saturday of the third week of Advent Christmas Eve is a week away. 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 […]

Advent Day 17 ~ Soar like an eagle!

The symbol for St. John is the eagle because he soars to the heights of mystical love Wednesday 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 […]

Advent Day 15 ~ The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ God prefers the poor

Monday of the Third Week of Advent 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 Central America who rejoice in this feast day; […]

Advent Day 14 ~ 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 […]