Archive | December 2012

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The Holiness / the wholeness of Family Life

The Sunday after Christmas The 6th day of Christmas, December 30th — the Feast of the Holy Family (the 5th day of Kwanzaa.) I met  this young couple at a welcome station  in the mountains of Virginia in October 2007.  As I ponder this image I see Joseph and Mary and Jesus in them.  May there […]

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!

The Birthday of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Check this video out first!)  (Then click on the  << arrow on the top left corner of your computer to return to this page.) While all things were       in quiet silence, And that night was       in the midst of    her swift course, Thine Almighty […]

ADVENT DAY 23 — OUR VULNERABLE GOD

                    Our Lady breast feeding Jesus — Shrine of our Lady of La Leche                                                    — St. Augustine, Florida THE FOURTH SUNDAY […]

ADVENT DAY 20 – WHAT WONDROUS LOVE IS THIS?

FRIDAY OF THE THIRD 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 19 ~ DEPRESSED OR LONELY AT CHRISTMAS?

O Root of Jesse, Who stood as a sign for the people, before you kings shall remain silent to you the nations will make their prayer: Come and deliver us, and delay no longer. ~ O Antiphons THURSDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT SOMETIMES, THERE CAN BE A LOT OF DEPRESSION SWIRLING AROUND AT […]

ADVENT DAY 18 ~ 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.                 […]

ADVENT DAY 17 ~ WHAT / WHO ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Tuesday of the third week o f Advent  O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other, mightily and sweetly ordering all things:  Come and teach us the way of prudence. ~ O Antiphons One of the major themes of Advent I promised I would talk […]

Advent Day 16 ~ O Radiant Dawn ~ A Memorial

In Ramah is heard the sound of moaning,     of bitter weeping! Rachel mourns her children     she refuses to be consoled     because her children are no more      ~  (Jer 31:15).   Wherever I saw little kids playing in the streets as I drove home from church this morning, […]

ADVENT DAY 15 ~ REJOICE! THE LORD IS NEAR!

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 – UM – A LITTLE TOO CLOSE –  TO […]