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Where are we, this New Year’s Day 2014, my friends? Are we better off than we were a year ago? What will 2014 bring for us? Are we prepared for whatever the year will bring?   Will the economy get better or worse? Will I keep my job? Get a raise? Get sick? Be able to pay […]

The Holiness / the wholeness of Family Life

The Sunday after Christmas The 5th day of Christmas, December 29th — the Feast of the Holy Family (the 4th 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 out this video first! Click here.  (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 […]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Mary’s Dilemma

Fourth Sunday of Advent Well, in Luke’s Annunciation story, the angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will conceive a child who will be the Son of God. She questions the angel, he reassures her and then she goes off to visit her cousin Elizabeth who’s with child in her old age whom the same angel […]

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 — Our vulnerable God

Thursday of the third week of Advent 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 really grab you if you […]

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  There sometimes can be a lot of depression swirling around at Christmas. People can feel lonelier because we’re expected […]

Advent Day 17 – What’s it all about?

Tuesday of the third week of Advent  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. and (2) an ongoing surrender […]

Advent Day 16 – The Burning Bush of the World

Monday of the third week of Advent  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 day. We invite you […]