Advent 2011

Depressed or lonely at Christmas? (and the winter solstice)

≈ Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent 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.                                           […]

Advent Day 2 — Swords to plowshares / guns to roses

Monday of the First Week of Advent Dear Friends, If you’re new to this Advent blog,  I recommend reading “Welcome to Advent” Click here. to get a sense of why we want to spend four weeks preparing for our Christmas celebration and how it can help you deepen your (our) spirituality whether you are a Catholic […]

Advent Day 5 ~ In the Midst of the Mist of our Lives

photo (c) bob traupman 2007. all rights reseved Thursday of the First Week of Advent (St. Nicholas Day) Misty mornings can be cool, Lord. They can teach us about You, about us. There is lots of misty-ness in our lives, Lord. We often don’t see anything clearly. But You are still there, our sun, the […]

Advent Day 22 ~ Are you waiting for something ~ for Someone?

Tuesday of the Fourth week o f Advent “O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.” ~ O Antiphons The Jewish people are waiting for the Messiah.  We wish our Jewish neighbors well as they begin their […]

Advent Day 20: Depressed or lonely at Christmas?

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 Fourth Sunday of Advent There sometimes can be a lot of depression swirling around at Christmas. People can feel lonelier because we’re expected to be cheerier […]

Advent Day 15 ~ The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ God prefers the poor

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 Central America who rejoice in this feast day; […]

Advent Day 14 ~ Rejoice! The Lord is near!

// PDRTJS_settings_938668_post_1110={“id”:938668,”unique_id”:”wp-post-1110″,”title”:”Advent Day 15 – What should we do?”, Third Sunday of Advent In our Catholic liturgical calendar this is “Gaudete Sunday — the Sunday of Joy.    We’re half way through Advent and the vestment color is Rose, rather than purple, the color of penitence.  So, we see the celebrant in rose vestments, which is […]

Advent Day 13 ~ My Friend had a Vineyard

During Advent our Reading often come from the prophet Isaiah. This is the beloved  Song of the Vineyard (5:1-7). Now let me sing of my friend, my beloved’s song about his vineyard. My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside; He spaded it, cleared it of stones, and planted the choicest vines; Within it […]

Advent Day 12 ~ Mary’s Song of Justice

an image of Vladimir’s famous icon “Our Lady of Tenderness” in my home 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. I offer for your reflection the Song of Mary that Luke places upon […]

Advent Day 9 — Where are you going?

“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.  (My bishop, whom I was surprised was checking out […]