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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. This is supposed to be a joyful time of year but […]

Advent Day 13 – What are you waiting for?

Friday of the second week of 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 12 ~ The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ God prefers the poor

Thursday of the Second 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 10- The dance of the shadows

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 golden cast of the afternoon sun is awesome, Lord.  I am always in awe of it. It shows forth […]

Day 9 ~ Mary’s song of justice

  This is a feast of Mary for us Catholic’s.  In today’s gospel, we read the story of Mary’s Yes to God, her consent to bring Jesus into our . (Click here to read entire text:) Luke 1:26-38.) I offer for your reflection the Song of Mary that Luke places upon her lips ~ the […]

Advent Day 8 ~ Jesus Wild n’ Wooly Advance Man

%x Second Sunday of Advent He probably looked like someone from the cast of the old musical Hair or a hippie. He lived in the wild in the desert of Judea. He wore clothing made of camel’s hair, that I’m sure was – um – uncomfortable in the desert’s heat.  (He was probably pretty stinky.) His scrumptious diet was locusts and […]

Advent Day 6 ~ The Lesson of the Shadows

Advent Day 6 ~ Friday of the First Week of Advent I have learned to be intrigued by the shadows of my life, Lord. The stronger the light, the deeper the shadow. I have come to realize there will always be shadows. I must accept the shadows of my life as well as the light; […]

Advent Day 5 ~ In the Midst of the Mist of our Lives

                Thursday of the First Week of Advent Misty mornings can be cool, Lord. They can teach us about You, about us. There is lots of misty-ness in our lives, Lord. We often don’t see anything clearly. But You are still there, our sun, the Son. somehow, some […]

Advent Day 4 – Our God becomes flesh

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent Dear Friends, If you’re new to this Advent blog,  I recommend reading Welcome to Advent.Click here.to get an overview of the Advent season. Today, let us reflect on the mystery of the Incarnation — the Christmas portion of our faith.  (Again if you do not accept this as an […]

Advent Day 3 – The wolf and the lamb – the owl and the lion

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent Dear Friends, Isaiah dreams of a bright future for us; he also chastises us for our idolatry and unfaithfulness to God and our best selves (We will look at this later>) But today he shows us a wonderful vision: the animals lead the way to peace! Then the wolf […]