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The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Joseph’s dream

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ December 18, 2016 We’re quite used to hearing St. Luke’s version of the Annunciation story. But we’re in the A-cycle of readings this year that features the Gospel of Matthew. Matthew’s Annunciation story is less known, so I’ve placed the entire text here for us to look at, because […]

Advent Day 19 ~ Soar like an eagle!

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent Isaiah is so amazing.    He offers hope. He sees imminent possibilities for the human race. At times, he also warns and sometimes chastises. I’ve always loved this scripture that appear in the Advent Mass texts: God gives strength to the fainting, for the weak he makes vigor abound. […]

Advent Day 18 ~ What’s it all about?

Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent Dear friends, We’ll take a deeper turn in this Advent blog beginning today. As I get closer to Christmas, my prayer is opening up and enriching somehow.  It’s bringing me a deeper realization of my sinfulness and frail human nature. Also an ongoing surrender to the process of […]

Advent Day 16 ~ The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ God prefers the poor

The Feast of Our Lady of Gaudalupe ~ Monday of the Third 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 […]

Rejoice! The Lord is near!

The Third Sunday of Advent ~ December 11, 2016 In our Catholic liturgical calendar this is “Gaudete Sunday — the Sunday of Joy.    We’re halfway through Advent and the vestment color is Rose, rather than purple, the color of penitence.  So, we may see the celebrant in rose vestments. This is supposed to be a […]

Advent Day 12 ~ Our Lady’s Song of Justice

THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY                   December 8, 2016 This is a feast of Mary for us Catholic’s.  In today’s gospel, we read the story of Mary’s Yes to God, her consent to bring Jesus into our world. (Click here to […]

Advent Day 11 ~ The Lesson of the Shadows

Advent Day 11 ~ Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent 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; […]

Advent Day 10 ~ In the Midst of the Mist of our Lives

Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent Misty mornings can be cool, Lord. They can teach us about You, about us. There’s lots of misty-ness in our lives, Lord. We often don’t see anything clearly. But You are still there, our sun, the Son. somehow, some way, penetrating  the fog, the mist. Help us realize […]

Advent Day 9 ~ Where are you going?

MONDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT “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 Jacksonville and St. Augustine one misty December Sunday morning about 2 AM.  I was living in St. Augustine at the time. On my […]

The Messenger of the Son of God

Second Sunday of Advent~ December 4, 2016 He lived in Judea about the same time as Jesus and is supposed to be his cousin. He was very popular. 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 […]