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Advent Day 15 ~ Rejoice! The Lord is near!

The Third Sunday of Advent ~ December 15, 2019 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 wearing rose vestments. This is supposed to be a […]

Advent Day 12 ~ The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ God prefers the poor

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent ~ THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE 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 nearly five hundred years ago. Today, may we unite ourselves in solidarity with all the peoples […]

Advent Day 11 ~ Soar like an eagle!

The symbol for St. John is the eagle because he soars to the heights of mystical love Wednesday of the Second 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 […]

Advent Day 10 ~ Where are you going? Do ya know?

Advent Day 10 ~ Tuesday, December 10, 2019 “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 St. Augustine and Jacksonville one misty December Sunday morning about 2 AM.  I was living in St. Augustine at the time. On […]

Advent Day 9 ~ Our Lady’s Song of Justice

THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Monday, December 9, 2019 This is a feast of Mary for us Catholics.  In today’s gospel, we read the story of Mary’s Yes to God, her consent to bring Jesus into our world. I offer for your reflection the Song of Mary that Luke […]

Advent Day 8 ~ The Messenger of the Son of God ~ You can be his messenger too!

Second Sunday of Advent~ December 8, 2019 The emergence of John the Baptist, Scripture scholar William Barclay states, was like “the sudden sounding of the Voice of God.” Why? Because the prophets of Israel had been silent for four hundred years and the Jewish people were sadly conscious of that fact. And in today’s gospel, […]

Advent Day 5 ~ How Firm is your foundation? Is it on sand or rock?

Today’s readings talk about how our God provides a firm foundation on which we can build. The first read from Isaiah (28: 1-8)  . . . . On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: “A strong city have we; he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us. Open […]