Advent 2016

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 […]

The shaking reality of Advent

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom: Come and free the prisoners of darkness! ~ The O Antiphon for December 20th As I approach Christmas,, I feel shaken up, as Father Alfred Delp, S.J. aptly wrote two years after I was born. He wrote […]

Advent Day 22 ~ The Burning Bush of the World

Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent Advent themes are all about waiting for light to shine in our darkness. For we who are Christians  await, Jesus, Yeshua, who is for us the Light of the World. We prepare a place for him to shine in our own hearts this day. We invite you to […]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Joseph’s dream

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ December 18, 2016 We’re quite used to hearing St. Luke’s version of the Annunciation story. But we’re in the A-cycle of readings this year that features the Gospel of Matthew. Matthew’s Annunciation story is less known, so I’ve placed the entire text here for us to look at, because […]