Advent – Christmas 2010

Advent Day 17 ~ Soar like an eagle!

The symbol for St. John is the eagle because he soars to the heights of mystical love Wednesday of the third week of Advent Isaiah is so amazing.    He offers hope. He sees imminent possibilities for the human race.  He warns.  And also he chastises. (More on that later.) I’ve always loved this scripture that […]

Advent Day 8 – Jesus’ wild and wooly advance man

Second Sunday of Advent He probably looked like someone from the cast of the old musical Hair or a hippie. He lived in the wild in the desert of Judea. He wore clothing made of camel’s hair, which I’m sure was – um – uncomfortable in the desert’s heat.  (He was probably pretty stinky.) His […]

Advent Day 4 ~ Our God becomes flesh

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent Dear Friends, Today, let’s reflect on the mystery of the Incarnation — the Christmas portion of our faith.  (If you don’t accept this as an article of faith, then just consider it as a beautiful story; it still has power; it still can have tremendous meaning for you.) […]

Advent Day 3 – The wolf and the lamb – the owl and the lion

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent Dear Friends, Isaiah dreams of a bright future for us; he also chastises us for our idolatry and unfaithfulness to God and our best selves. But today he shows us a wonderful vision: the animals lead the way to peace! Then the wolf shall be a guest of […]

Welcome to a new decade ~ May it be kind to us all!

St. Augustine, Florida at Christmastime © bob traupman 2007 – 2011. all rights reserved. Dear friends, Eleven 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 of eleven years […]

Merry Christmas, everyone!

(Check this video out first!) BE SURE TO ENTER FULL SCREEN. Lo, how a rose e’er blooming, From Jesse’s lineage coming, As men of old have sung. It came, a floweret bright, Amid the cold of winter When half spent was the night Isaiah ’twas foretold it, The Rose I have in mind With Mary […]

Advent Day 23 — Our vulnerable God

Our Lady breast feeding Jesus — Shrine of our Lady of La Leche — St. Augustine, Florida Wednesday of the fourth week of Advent Luke tells us the charming story that God became incarnate — enfleshed — as a little vulnerable baby boy. It’s amazing to really think about that. Even if you’re not ready […]