Advent – Christmas 2013

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 […]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Mary’s Dilemma

The Fourth Sunday of Advent~ December 24, 2017 Well, in Luke’s Annunciation story, the angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will conceive a child who will be the Son of God. She questions the angel, he reassures her and then she goes off to visit her cousin Elizabeth who’s with child in her old age […]

Advent Day 17~ Depressed or lonely at Christmas? (and Hanukkah Day 7)

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 Christmas. People can feel lonelier because we’re expected […]

Advent Day 14 ~ Rejoice! The Lord is near!

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. This is supposed to be a joyful time of year but […]

WHAT WILL 2014 BRING?

Where are we, this New Year’s Day 2014, my friends? Are we better off than we were a year ago? What will 2014 bring for us? Are we prepared for whatever the year will bring?   Will the economy get better or worse? Will I keep my job? Get a raise? Get sick? Be able to pay […]

St. Stephen’s Day – Heroic Love

Today, December 26, is the second day of Christmas,  the first day of Kwanzaa (African American).  May we learn about our own and each others’ celebrations.  It’s easy, just Google the word Kwanzaa. For us Christians the mystery of Incarnation (God-becoming-human in the person of Jesus Christ) needs more than one day to celebrate.  Here […]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Mary’s Dilemma

Fourth Sunday of Advent Well, in Luke’s Annunciation story, the angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will conceive a child who will be the Son of God. She questions the angel, he reassures her and then she goes off to visit her cousin Elizabeth who’s with child in her old age whom the same angel […]