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Dreaming of a New Humanity for a New Decade

St. Augustine, Florida at Christmastime / bob traupman / 2007 Dear friends, When we were preparing for Y2K twenty years ago, I dreamed about “A New Humanity for a New Millennium.” And I wrote some really positive stuff about us humans, knowing full well we really didn’t warrant it. Can we dust those thoughts now […]

The Sunday after Christmas ~ The Joys of Family Life ~ Where do you find joy?

The sixth day of Christmas December 29th  The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus and Mary and Joseph (The eighth day of Hanukkah and the sixth day of Kwanzaa Let’s start with some notes on today’s gospel which is from Matthew once again. Herod was searching for the child and wanted to kill him. […]

The Second Day of Christmas ~ St. Stephen’s Day ~ Heroic Love ~ How heroic is your love? (The fifth day of Hanukkah and the first day of Kwanzaa)

The Feast of St. Stephen ~ First Martyr, December 26, 2019 Today, December 26, is the second day of Christmas, the fifth 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 Kwanzaa. For us Christians the mystery of […]

The history of Christmas ~ How much do you know?

  Advent Day 23 ~ A special Christmas blog Dear Friends, have you ever wondered about what how the celebration of Christmas came about? Well, thanks to a fellow blogger, I have a little video to share with you that you might find quite interesting.  Just Click here. And be sure to enter full screen […]

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

The Birthday of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – 2019   While all things were          in quiet silence, And when night was       in the midst of    her swift course, Your Almighty Word,            O Lord, Leaped down out of your royal throne,         […]

Advent Day 22 ~ The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Joseph’s dream

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ December 22, 2019 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 ~ Depressed or lonely at Christmastime?

St. Augustine Beach Florida 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 Thursday of the third week of Advent   There sometimes can be a lot of depression swirling around at Christmastime. Some of among us […]