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What will 2017 bring?

New Year’s Day 2017  ~ The World Day of Peace (the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, the last day of Hanukkah and the last day of Kwanzaa.) Where are we, this New Year’s Day 2017, my friends? Are we better off than we were a year ago? What will 2017 bring for us? […]

The Joys of Family Life

The sixth day of Christmas December 30th — the Feast of the Holy Family (and the sixth day of Hanukkah and the  fifth day of Kwanzaa.) I met  this young couple at a welcome station  in the mountains of Virginia a few year ago.  I saw Joseph and Mary and Jesus in them.  May their […]

The Feast of the Holy Innocents ~ Rachel mourns for her children ~ still

The Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs ~ Wednesday, December 28, 2016 (and Day 4 of Hanukkah and Day 3 of Kwanzaa)  Herod the Great had been elected “King of the Jews” by the Roman Senate in 40 B.C. When the Magi told him of the new King of the Jews, Herod could think of […]

The Feast of St. John the Apostle and evangelist ~ the luminous lover

The Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist ~ December 27, 2016 (and Day 3 of Hanukkah and Day 2 of Kwanzaa) The symbol for St. John among the four Evangelists is the eagle because he soared high above the others into the mystical heights of contemplation in his writings, especially his majestic final discourses—meditations […]

St. Stephen’s Day ~ Heroic Love

The Feast of St. Stephen, December 26, 2016 Today, December 26, is the second day of Christmas, the second day of Hanukkah and the first day of Kwanzaa (African-American).  May we learn about our own and each other’s celebrations.  It’s easy, just Google the word Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. For us Christians the mystery of Incarnation […]

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! (and Happy Hanukkah too!)

                                                    The Birthday of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ While all things were       in quiet silence, And when night was       in the midst of    her swift […]

What Wondrous Love is this?

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent O Come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear, Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!  (My Advent Wreath)  Emmanuel, they tell us you are “God-with-us.” Where are you, Emmanuel? Are you here? Are […]

Depressed or lonely at Christmas? (and the winter solstice)

≈ Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent 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.                                           […]

The shaking reality of Advent

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom: Come and free the prisoners of darkness! ~ The O Antiphon for December 20th As I approach Christmas,, I feel shaken up, as Father Alfred Delp, S.J. aptly wrote two years after I was born. He wrote […]

Advent Day 22 ~ The Burning Bush of the World

Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent Advent themes are all about waiting for light to shine in our darkness. For we who are Christians  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 to […]