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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 […]

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 […]