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Advent Day 14 ~ 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 12 ~ The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ God prefers the poor

Friday 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 11 ~ 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 […]

Advent Day 10 ~ The Lesson of the Shadows

image © bob traupman 2007. all rights reserved. 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; they will just […]

Advent Day 9 ~ Where are you going?

“Prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!”  Isaiah 40:3 This image was taken on I-95 between St. Augustine and Jacksonville one misty December Sunday morning about 2 AM.  I was living in St. Augustine at the time. On my way home from “Father Bob’s night out,” […]

Advent Day 8 ~ Mary’s song of justice

The Evangelist Luke places these words in the mouth of Mary at the very beginning of the story of Jesus. It is the “Magnificat,” the Canticle of Mary, sung or recited by priests and nuns and monks all over the world every day of the year at Evensong. I would like you to notice how radical this message is: “Cast down the mighty.” “Raise up the lowly.” “Send the rich away empty. ”People have been thrown into prison for saying things like that. But these words are two thousand years old! An essential and enduring part of the Christmas story as told by Luke.

Advent Day 8 – The Messenger of the Son of God

He lived in Judea about the same time as Jesus. Large crowds of people came to hear him preach and to stand in line to be baptized by him. He gave people hope and called people to their senses in a time when the world was crazy and mixed up, not unlike our own time.

He was a wiry character. He lived on the edge of the desert and wore a shirt of camel’s hair, that in the hot sun, would have been horribly uncomfortable. I would surmise that he was pretty smelly. His message was, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”

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

There is lots of misty-ness in our lives, Lord.
We often don’t see anything clearly.
Help us realize that mist is OK, Lord.
Misty-ness has its own beauty.

Advent Day 4 ~ Our God becomes flesh

Our God became flesh. He saves us as man. God really, really likes the human race! (The doctrine of the INCARNATION has the root “carn” or “meat” ~ meaning flesh. Thus, also “carnal”, “carnival.” Or “The world, the flesh and the devil. Interesting, huh?

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

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent Dear Friends, Isaiah dreams of a bright future for us. In the first reading of today’s Mass, he shows us a wonderful vision: the animals lead the way to peace! Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb . . . The calf and the young […]