Monthly Archives: December 2015

December 21

Reflection Today we experience the winter solstice, cause of the shortest and darkest day of the year. In the time before artificial lighting, humans truly knew the meaning of darkness. The time of deepest darkness was the solstice time, but it was also the time when the light began to return. Slowly the days became longer and light increasingly renewed…

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December 20

Fourth Sunday of Advent Reflection The gift that Christ offers us is the gift of his presence. His mission is good news for the poor, sight to the blind, liberty for captives and a time for recognizing God’s favor. It is the vision of life loosened from physical needs and spiritual confusion. We long for this good news preached by…

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December 19

Reflection The deep desire and longing for freedom is in the hearts of all humanity, some in the reality of bondage and oppression, all in the bondage of their own struggles, flaws and yearning for spiritual wholeness. As we seek our own inner freedom the very desire for it helps us to realize that where we are is the place…

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December 18

Reflection The act of gift giving could be as old as humans. It has symbolic meaning in nearly every culture for as long as humanity has existed. From the first time a father gave his child a carved doll, gift giving symbolizes love and appreciation. However, now in this country gift-giving has become big business. Frustrated by crowds, traffic and…

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December 17

Reflection When we look at the many Nativity scenes displayed at this time, do we see a child of refugee parents who was refused the shelter available to others? Do we see all the children hiding in the backgrounds who are absorbing rejection, political hostility, violence and national fears? Do we wonder what is happening in the spirits of these…

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December 15

Reflection An unprecedented climate change agreement was reached in Paris on December 11, 2015. Nearly 200 countries, including the U.S., China, Europe and India, pledged to reduce their climate destroying pollution and to hold global temperature increases below 1.5 degrees Celsius over the long term. The rise in popular awareness and the demands for action across the globe had an impact…

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December 13

Reflection Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Phil.4:4-7  At this midpoint in Advent, we pause to rejoice. We are in the season when all our surroundings call us to joy. “Joy to the world the Lord is come” we hear playing in malls and stores.  Outward things cannot be the only source of inner joy…

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