Tag Archive | Advent season

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 19 ~ Depressed or lonely at Christmastime?

St. Augustine Beach Florida O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer Our spirits by thine advent here; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night  And death’s dark shadows put to flight. ~ O Antiphons Thursday of the third week of Advent   There sometimes can be a lot of depression swirling around at Christmastime. Some of among us […]

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 […]

Advent Day 12 ~ The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ God prefers the poor

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent ~ THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE Today,we honor our sister and brothers in Mexico as they celebrate the appearance of the Mother of Jesus to a poor peasant native Mexican nearly five hundred years ago. Today, may we unite ourselves in solidarity with all the peoples […]

Advent Day 11 ~ Soar like an eagle!

The symbol for St. John is the eagle because he soars to the heights of mystical love Wednesday 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 10 ~ Where are you going? Do ya know?

Advent Day 10 ~ Tuesday, December 10, 2019 “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 9 ~ Our Lady’s Song of Justice

THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Monday, December 9, 2019 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 […]