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Dreaming of a New Humanity in a New Year

St. Augustine, Florida at Christmastime / bob traupman / 2007 Dear friends, When we were preparing for Y2K fifteen years ago, I dreamed about “A New Humanity for a New Millennium.” And I wrote some really positive stuff about us humans, knowing full well we really didn’t warrant it. Can we dust those thoughts now as […]

The Holiness / the wholeness of Family Life

The Sunday after Christmas The 4th day of Christmas, December 28th — the Feast of the Holy Family (the 3rd 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 be […]

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 While all things were       in quiet silence, And that night was       in the midst of    her swift course, Thine Almighty Word,      O Lord, Leaped down out of thy royal throne,       Alleluia!  ~ And the Word became flesh and lived among […]

Advent Day 22 ~ The Winter Solstice ~ He must increase / Hanukkah Day 7

Monday 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 Yesterday evening at 6:03 pm we observed the Winter Solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and […]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Mary’s yes to God

Fourth Sunday of Advent Few things have ever been written in the history of the world can approach the lyric beauty of the Gospel of No matter how many times we read it, we are immersed in its majestic simplicity. This moment in history had been foretold since the days of creation, when it […]

Advent Day 19 ~ Our vulnerable God / Hanukkah Day 4

Friday 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? Hanukkah Day 3

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 Thursday of the third week of Advent (Hanukkah Day 3) There sometimes can be a lot of depression swirling around at Christmas. People can feel lonelier because […]


Wednesday 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 – The Burning Bush of the World and Hanukkah Day 1

Tuesday 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. And Hanukkah, which begins tonight at first starlight is also about light. We prepare a place for […]