Advent – Christmas 2015

Advent Day 16 ~ Rejoice! The Lord is near!

Third Sunday of Advent ~ Sunday December 16, 2018 In our Catholic liturgical calendar this is “Gaudete Sunday — the Sunday of Joy.    We’re more than 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 […]

Advent Day 9 ~ Where are you going?

MONDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT “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 Jacksonville and St. Augustine one misty December Sunday morning about 2 AM.  I was living in St. Augustine at the time. On my […]

Advent Day 18 ~ O Rising Dawn! ~ and the winter solstice

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent “O Rising Dawn, splendor of eternal Light and Sun of Justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.”                                                 […]

Advent Day 12 ~ Soar like an eagle! (and Hanukkah Day 3)

The symbol for St. John is the eagle because he soars to the heights of mystical love Thursday of the Second Week of Advent Isaiah is so amazing.    He offers hope. He sees imminent possibilities for the human race. At times, he also warns and sometimes chastises. I’ve always loved this scripture that appear in […]

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 2009 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 […]

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! (and Happy Hanukkah too!)

                                                    The Birthday of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ While all things were       in quiet silence, And when night was       in the midst of    her swift […]

What Wondrous Love is this?

Thursday of the Fourth 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!  (My Advent Wreath)  Emmanuel, they tell us you are “God-with-us.” Where are you, Emmanuel? Are you here? Are […]