Advent-Christmas Season 2019

The Feast of the Epiphany ~ Follow your Star!

The Feast of the Epiphany ~ Sunday, January 5th, 2020 Today’s feast day has several meanings.  In the Roman Church we celebrate the story of the Magi visiting Jesus and offering him gifts.  In the Eastern churches, they focus on the story of the Baptism of the Lord.  Both celebrate the manifestation, that is, the […]

The Sunday after Christmas ~ The Joys of Family Life ~ Where do you find joy?

The sixth day of Christmas December 29th  The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus and Mary and Joseph (The eighth day of Hanukkah and the sixth day of Kwanzaa Let’s start with some notes on today’s gospel which is from Matthew once again. Herod was searching for the child and wanted to kill him. […]

The Second Day of Christmas ~ St. Stephen’s Day ~ Heroic Love ~ How heroic is your love? (The fifth day of Hanukkah and the first day of Kwanzaa)

The Feast of St. Stephen ~ First Martyr, December 26, 2019 Today, December 26, is the second day of Christmas, the fifth day of Hanukkah and the first day of Kwanzaa (African-American).  May we learn about our own and each other’s celebrations.  It’s easy, just Google the word Kwanzaa. For us Christians the mystery of […]

The history of Christmas ~ How much do you know?

  Advent Day 23 ~ A special Christmas blog Dear Friends, have you ever wondered about what how the celebration of Christmas came about? Well, thanks to a fellow blogger, I have a little video to share with you that you might find quite interesting.  Just Click here. And be sure to enter full screen […]

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

The Birthday of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – 2019   While all things were          in quiet silence, And when night was       in the midst of    her swift course, Your Almighty Word,            O Lord, Leaped down out of your royal throne,         […]

Advent Day 22 ~ The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Joseph’s dream

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ December 22, 2019 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 […]

Advent Day 18 – The Burning Bush of the World

Advent Day 18 ~ Wednesday 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. We prepare a place for him to shine in our own hearts this […]

Advent Day 17 ~ The shaking reality of Advent

Tuesday of Third 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 Father Alfred Delp, S.J. aptly wrote two years after I was born about being shaken up, as so many of us feel in our […]

Advent Day 16 ~ What’s it all about?

Monday of the Third Week of Advent Dear friends, We’ll take a deeper turn in this Advent blog beginning today. Christmas Eve is one week from tomorrow. As I get closer to Christmas, my prayer is opening up and enriching from the reading I’ve been doing. I pulled an old favorite book off my shelf […]

Advent Day 15 ~ Rejoice! The Lord is near!

The Third Sunday of Advent ~ December 15, 2019 In our Catholic liturgical calendar this is “Gaudete Sunday — the Sunday of Joy.    We’re halfway through Advent and the vestment color is Rose, rather than purple, the color of penitence.  So, we may see the celebrant wearing rose vestments. This is supposed to be a […]