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Follow your Star!

The Feast of the Epiphany ~ Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 Today’s feast day has several meanings.  In the Roman Church we celebrate the story of the Magi visiting Jesus and offering him gifts.  In the Eastern churches, they focus on the story of the Baptism of the Lord.  Both celebrate the manifestation, the revelation of […]

What will 2016 bring for us? and the 7th day of Kwanza

NEW YEAR’S DAY 2016 Where are we, this New Year’s Day 2016, my friends? Are we better off than we were a year ago? What will 2016 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?  Be able […]

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,                 […]

Advent Day 22 ~ O Rising Dawn! ~ and the winter solstice

TUESDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF ADVENT “O Rising Dawn, splendor of eternal Light and Sun of Justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.”                                                 […]

Advent Day 21 ~ 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 MONDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF ADVENT There sometimes can be a lot of depression swirling around at Christmas. People can feel lonelier because we’re expected […]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ The power of visiting a friend

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT Today’s Gospel story is a beautiful one. When the angel announced to Mary that she would conceive a child, she was given a way to confirm that message: to go visit her “kinswoman who has also conceived in her old age.” (Lk. 1:36)  . . . . Mary set out […]

Advent Day 17 ~ The burning bush of the world

THURSDAY 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 […]

Advent Day 18 ~ Our vulnerable God

  WEDNESDAY 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 […]

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 Jubilee Year of Mercy ~ Mercy upon mercy upon mercy!

 MONDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT Today, I’d like to introduce you to the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy that Pope has called and has already begun. Here is what he has what he has said in his proclamation about the Holy Year . . . . Jesus Christ is the face of the […]