Monthly Archives: December 2015

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 new…

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December 29

  Reflection Yesterday was 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. We may read the gospel story with appropriate horror, but where is our horror and dismay at what is happening here daily? This slaughter continues…

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December 28

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 The very scandal of Christianity lies in the fact that it sees divinity in humanity. It’s a hard idea to swallow.  Every major religion recognizes the role of the Creator in the development of life. …Gods everywhere look down from the heavens of the world religions and pronounce laws or grapple with demons or pass judgment from on high.…

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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 happened…

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December 24

Christmas Eve  Reflection  Christmas Eve has its special memories. There is a special aura to it. It surfaces in memory our excited anticipation as children, the smell of a real tree in the house, gifts and family. We imagine snow and listen to Christmas carols. There is a joyfulness after Christmas Eve services, a camaraderie that is not there at other…

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December 23

Reflection We have many reasons this Advent to be discouraged. We wonder where we have strayed as a people from justice, love and humility. There is darkness in our lives that needs a sign of newness to encourage us to change. We are invited to trust that Jesus’ life and words are the way to live with freshness and spiritual…

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December 22

December 22   Reflection 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 we are permeated with the Creative Spirit. We are united in God’s love and we find true joy in communion with others. For us, Jesus is…

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