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

The Feast of St. Stephen ~ First Martyr, December 26, 2018 Today, December 26, is the second day of Christmas, 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 Incarnation (God-becoming-human in the person […]

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

The Birthday of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – 2018   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,         […]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ The power of visiting a friend

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ December 23, 2018 Today’s Gospel story is a beautiful one. When the angel announced to Mary that she would conceive a child, she was given a way to confirm that message: to go visit her “kinswoman who has also conceived in her old age.” (Lk. 1:36)  . . . […]

The shaking reality of Advent

Thursday of Third 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 Father Alfred Delp, S.J. aptly wrote two years after I was born about being shaken up, as so many of us feel in our […]

Advent Day 19 ~ What wondrous love is this?

Wednesday of the third 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! Emmanuel, they tell us you are “God-with-us.” Where are you, Emmanuel? Are you here? Are you here in […]

Advent Day 18 ~ Depressed or lonely at Christmastime?

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 Tuesday of the third week of Advent   There sometimes can be a lot of depression swirling around at Christmastime. People can feel lonelier because we’re expected to […]

Advent Day 17 – The Burning Bush of the World

Advent Day 17 ~ Monday of the third week of Advent Advent themes are all about waiting for light to shine in our darkness. For we who are Christians we 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 […]