Yearly Archives: 2013

December 21

Reflection   O Dawn of the East, Brightness of the Light Eternal and Sun of Justice, come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death   The antiphon used today coincides with the winter solstice. We, in the northern hemisphere, are experiencing the shortest and darkest day of the year. From the depths of that

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December 20

 Reflection  “O Key of David, O Royal power of Israel controlling at your will the gate of Heaven: Come break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; lead your captive people into freedom.”   Some doors need to be opened with a key.  The one who has the keys has

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December 18

Reflection                                 “O Adonai, sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai Mountain: come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.”   This deep desire and longing for freedom is in the hearts of all humanity, some in the reality of bondage and oppression,

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December 17

  Reflection “O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.” In today’s O Antiphon, we are invited to envision Jesus as Wisdom, the holy Word of God.  Wisdom is the foundation of holiness, or right living. It is wisdom from whom we learn prudence. We

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December 16

Reflection Advent is a time when we reflect not only on our desire and longing for God but also on God’s longing for us. God’s love is the creative energy of life, the power that draws us to wholeness. This desire of God for our responsive love was taught by Jesus whose life and words revealed God’s constant love for

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December 15

 Reflection  Be strong, fear not! Here is your God. Isaiah 35:1 -6  Advent is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice and yet who have hope of deliverance by a God who has heard the cries of the oppressed and brought deliverance! The anticipation of the Coming of the Messiah throughout the Old Testament and Judaism

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December 14

Reflection Our lives are a constant Advent season.We are continually waiting. We want to become, to discover, to be complete, to be fulfilled. We see this in the distance as something coming. We look to the birth of Jesus as God coming among us, yet the truth is that God is already here. God is present never closer than now.

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December 13

Reflection As people of this earth we are far from the union we share within the Source of Life. Division and conflict are constant. They are present in all that touches us, physical needs, spiritual confusion, political division, wars, and natural disasters. Because of us, even the innocent creatures and the earth itself are suffering. Yet, the prophet Isaiah reminds

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December 12

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe         Patroness of the Americas Reflection “Each national group has its own version of the Marian symbol accompanied by stories that show the care of the Mother of God for their struggles. The most well known is Mexico’s Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose appearance to a poor Indian shortly after the Spanish conquest is

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Visit Brentwood in the Snow

Brentwood in the Snow Brentwood is beautiful in all seasons. The first snowfall of this year brought out the unique artistry of trees coated in white. View the gallery below to see how S. Kerry Handal captured some of the magic. [flagallery gid=9]

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