Advent-Christmas 2014

Advent Day 19 ~ Our vulnerable God / Hanukkah Day 4

Friday of the third week of Advent Luke tells us the charming story that God became incarnate ~ enfleshed ~ as a little vulnerable baby boy. It truly is amazing to really think about that. Even if you’re not ready to accept the story as true, the meaning of that story can really grab you if you […]

Advent Day 18: Depressed or lonely at Christmas? Hanukkah Day 3

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 (Hanukkah Day 3) There sometimes can be a lot of depression swirling around at Christmas. People can feel lonelier because […]

Advent Day 16 – The Burning Bush of the World and Hanukkah Day 1

Tuesday 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. And Hanukkah, which begins tonight at first starlight is also about light. We prepare a place for […]

Advent Day 12 ~ The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ God prefers the poor

Friday of the Second 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 11 ~ The dance of the shadows

Here they are again, Lord.  Light and shadow together. In this case, it appears the shadows on the lawn are actually making room  for the light. It seems the shadows are even escorting the light! And the golden cast of the afternoon sun is awesome, Lord.  I am always in awe of it. It shows […]

Advent Day 10 ~ The Lesson of the Shadows

image © bob traupman 2007. all rights reserved. I have learned to be intrigued by the shadows of my life, Lord. The stronger the light, the deeper the shadow. I have come to realize there will always be shadows. I must accept the shadows of my life as well as the light; they will just […]

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. On my way home from “Father Bob’s night out,” […]