Monthly Archives: December 2015

December 12

Reflection Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present….we can…

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December 11

   Reflection “The phrase ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’ central to Advent is about repentance: ‘the way of the Lord’ is the path of return …to God. To repent is to follow the way that leads out of our exile, alienation, and estrangement to reconnection.” (Marcus Borg) In this second week of Advent, we continue to prepare the way…

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December 10

Reflection “Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.” (Isaiah 40:1) Division and conflict are constant among us. They are present in all that touches us, physical needs, spiritual confusion, political division, terrorism, and natural disasters. As people of this earth we are far from the union we share within the Source of Life.  Because of us, even the…

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December 9

Reflection Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Philippians4:4-7 The Advent readings call us to live as people who are immersed in the message of Jesus. It should be visible to all that the word of the gospel is enfleshed in our lives. Unfortunately, in these Advent weeks, public figures who wrap themselves in their Christianity…

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December 8

Beginning of the Holy Year of Mercy Reflection  Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish. Pope…

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December 7

Reflection Tomorrow is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States. It is also the opening of the Holy Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. The opposite of sin is grace, and the Immaculate Conception means that Mary was uniquely blessed at the outset with the gift of grace, God’s own self-communication. She was enveloped from…

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December 6

Second Sunday of Advent  Reflection John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Mark 1:1-8  Repentance is not only personal. It calls us beyond ourselves and our circumscribed world. It promises that a willingness to change opens the way to new life. Repentance is an inner urging to return to societal…

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December 5

Reflection Tomorrow is the feast of St. Nicholas. There are many myths about  him and his reputation for secret gift giving. The most well-known is the one of Nicholas secretly providing money for three young women because their father was too poor to provide them a dowry. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have…

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