Advent 2008

Advent Day 12 ~ Mary’s Song of Justice

an image of Vladimir’s famous icon “Our Lady of Tenderness” in my home This is a feast of Mary for us Catholic’s. 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 upon […]

Is there room in the inn this year?

Here we all are, Lord. It’s Christmas Eve 2008. Some of us believe in You, Lord. And some of us are so cynical about life that we don’t believe in anything much. I wish you could touch these folks, Lord.  Some of them are people I care for very much. Most of all, I hope […]

Presence not presents

Sometimes we get so caught up with buying the right present for our kids, Lord, that we fail to realize that our presence is more important than our presents.

Light escorted by the shadows

Here they are again, Lord.  Light and shadow together. In this case, it appears the shadows on the lawn outside my apartment 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 […]

Advent Day 5 — In the midst of the mist

Misty mornings can be cool, Lord. They can teach us about You, about us. There is lots of misty-ness in our lives, Lord. We often don’t see anything clearly. But You are still there, our sun, the Son somehow, some way, penetrating  the fog, the mist. Help us realize that mist is OK, Lord. Misty-ness […]

“Prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!”  Isaiah 40:3 Even the interstate can be a place for reflection. . . John the Baptist was the great Advent figure who cried out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight his paths. Where are […]

st. augustine beach, florida / october 27, 2007 / photo © bob traupman / all rights reserved Your light will come, dear people of God! The Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty! . . . from morning prayer for each day of Advent. Are you looking for hope, a perspective that will get […]