Advent-Christmas 2017

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 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 be a joyful time of year but […]

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 9 ~ Where are you going? Do ya know?

Advent Day 9 ~ Monday, December 11, 2017 “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 […]

Advent Day 8 – The Messenger of the Son of God

Second Sunday of Advent (December 10, 2017) Mark opens his gospel saying, As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. ‘A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’”   Mark […]

Advent Day 6 ~ Our Lady’s Song of Justice

THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY December 8, 2017 This is a feast of Mary for us Catholics.  In today’s gospel, we read the story of Mary’s Yes to God, her consent to bring Jesus into our world. I offer for your reflection the Song of Mary that Luke places […]

Advent Day 5 ~ The Feast of St. Nicholas December 6th (the man and the legend)

Advent Day 5 ~ St. Nicholas’ Feast Day ~ December 6th. The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to […]

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 encourages us to be our best selves. But today he shows us a wonderful vision: the animals lead the way to peace! Then the wolf shall […]