Monthly Archives: December 2013

December 31

New Years Eve  Reflection God is the God of our yesterdays as well as our tomorrows. We look at the year that has passed with its difficulties as well as its joys and give thanks; we look toward the year to come with hope and confidence in God’s provident love. Grateful for the coming new year, we can embrace the

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December 30

Reflection Christ shines into the world through us when, as Mary did, we carry him within. When we live his vision of love and harmony, when we are moved with compassion for those who suffer, when we lend our efforts to building relationships of justice and peace, then we enflesh his words and allow this world to know Emmanuel…God with

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December 29

Feast of the Holy Family Reflection When we think of the Holy Family, we usually limit our thoughts to the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Yet, Christmas teaches that God is at home with us. “We are one in the family of faith, sharing our small planet as together we hurl through space. This is our home and these

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December 28

Feast of the Holy Innocents Reflection Today is the traditional Feast of the Holy Innocents, those children who according to the Gospel story were killed at the order of King Herod in order to protect his own power and domination. This slaughter continues in our own time. Powerful men earn billions manufacturing guns and protect their own economic interests while children

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December 27

Reflection “Christmas is not a day, it’s a season. The calendar of commerce exalts the preparation for Christmas then recognizes no time for letting Christmas develop naturally afterward. This creates a real psychic rupture that is felt not just our individual lives but in our social world…To observe even a part of the real Christmas season—that is after Christmas Day—is

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December 26

Reflection Now that the frenzied shopping is over, the gifts are unwrapped, the cards are sent, and the carols are sung, what about Jesus? After all isn’t he what this was supposed to be all about? Is his message at least as important as whether or not the shopping season had the hoped for effect on the economy? Howard Thurman

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December 25

Christmas Day Reflection Who has known the mind of God? The inner drive that pulls us toward the Divine Mystery forces us to use imagery to supplement the limits of our understanding.  We do not know, yet we have named God whose presence flows in and through an ongoing creation.  As Christians we see Jesus as “the Light of the World,” the one

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December 24

Christmas Eve Reflection Click on arrow and listen to the audio reflection: O the depth of the riches of God; and the breadth of the wisdom and knowledge of God! For who has known the mind of God? To God be glory forever. A virgin will carry a child and give birth, and his name shall be called Emmanuel. For

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December 23

Reflection                O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come set us free, Lord our God.   True freedom exists in Jesus Christ. The gift that Christ offers us at Christmas is the gift of his presence. It is the vision of life loosened from physical needs and spiritual confusion. This presence is

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December 22

Reflection “O Ruler of all nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come save the creature you fashioned from the dust.” We know now that we are all related in our origins from that primal matter which fashioned our planet. Yet, we are not just creatures “fashioned from the dust”. Rather

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