Tag Archive | Advent season

Advent Day 9 ~ Where are you going?

MONDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT “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 Jacksonville and St. Augustine one misty December Sunday morning about 2 AM.  I was living in St. Augustine at the time. On my […]

Advent Day 8 ~ The Second Sunday of Advent ~ The herald of the King

The Second Sunday of Advent ~ Sunday, December 9, 2018 As we examine the gospel of Luke this year, we see that for this gospel writer, the emergence of John the Baptist was one of the hinges on which history turned. He dramatically dates it in three different ways.  Here’s the text . . . […]

Advent Day 7 ~ Our Lady’s Song of Justice ( and Hanukkah Day 6)

THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Saturday, December 8, 2018 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 […]

Advent Day 5 ~ The Feast of St. Nicholas December 6th (the man and the legend) (and Hanukkah Day 4)

Advent Day 5 ~ St. Nicholas’ Feast Day ~ December 6th. 2018 Here’s 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 […]

Advent Day 4 ~ Our God becomes flesh (and Day 3 of Hanukkah)

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent If you’re new to this Advent blog,  I recommend reading Welcome to Advent.Click here to get an overview of the Advent season. Today, let’s reflect on the mystery of the Incarnation ~ the Christmas portion of our faith. (Again if you don’t accept this as an article of faith, then just […]

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 to get a sense of why we spend four weeks preparing for our Christmas celebration and how it can help we (and you) deepen our spirituality. It can work whether you are a […]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Mary’s Dilemma

The Fourth Sunday of Advent~ December 24, 2017 Well, in Luke’s Annunciation story, the angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will conceive a child who will be the Son of God. She questions the angel, he reassures her and then she goes off to visit her cousin Elizabeth who’s with child in her old age […]