Monthly Archives: December 2014

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, when we try to heal divisions and acrimony, then we enflesh his words…

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December 29

Reflection Yesterday the Liturgy focused on the Holy Family. 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…

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December 28

Feast of the Holy Innocents Reflection Today is the traditional day to remember 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 in protecting their own economic…

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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 shopping is over, the gifts are unwrapped, the cards have been sent, and the carols are sung, what about Jesus? Is his message as important as whether or not the shopping season had the hoped for effect on the economy? Howard Thurman said it so well: When the song of the angels is stilled, When the…

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December 25

Christmas Day Reflection “Joy to the world! The Lord is come!” The light shines in the darkness. We believe that darkness cannot overcome it. We know that, in our hearts and the hearts of many, the message of light still speaks. Christmas is a day of hope as well as joy. We do not celebrate Jesus’ birthday remembering something that…

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December 24

Christmas Eve Reflection “We attend Christmas services in great numbers …because they move us. They touch our hearts. The symbolism is remarkable and remarkably powerful. They begin in darkness and proclaim new life. In the midst of our winter darkness, the midnight service on Christmas Eve celebrates Jesus, the light in our darkness, the light of the world who…shines in…

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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. 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 good news for the poor, sight to the blind,…

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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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