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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, 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, 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]