Monthly Archives: December 2017

December 21

Winter Solstice  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…

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December 20

Reflection For us Christians, Jesus is the central connection within the human family. In him we see God reflected perfectly in a human being. 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…

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December 19

Reflection We have many reasons this Advent to be discouraged. We wonder where as a people we have strayed from justice, love and humility. There is darkness in our nation 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 18

Reflection Waiting is not popular especially now. Whether it is on a checkout line, on the parkway or in other interactions we are exposed to impatience every day. Waiting goes against our expectation of an instant response. We don’t like to wait for anything even in our spiritual lives. Yet, to quote Chardin, we need to “trust in the slow…

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December 17

  Third Sunday of Advent Reflection Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks. 1Thess 5:16   At this midpoint in Advent, we pause to rejoice. We read the words of Isaiah and still believe that God can work in our times bringing justice and peace to us.  Jesus courageously preached this vision in his world. We hold…

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December 16

Reflection Frustrated by crowds, traffic and commercialism, we can be tempted at this time of year to opt out of gift giving altogether. Yet, giving gifts is an important part of human interaction helping to define relationships and strengthen bonds with family and friends. The act of gift giving could be as old as humans and has symbolic meaning in…

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December 15

Reflection When we look at the many Nativity scenes displayed at this time, do we see a child of poor 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 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…

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