Monthly Archives: December 2017

December 11

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 are poor witnesses to this in…

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December 10

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 9

Reflection The deep desire and longing for freedom is in the hearts of all people, 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 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Reflection 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 the beginning in the love of God ….In its broadest reach the Immaculate Conception means that God takes the initiative to surround the…

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December 7

December 7 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, wars, and natural disasters. As people of this earth we are far from the union we share within the Source of Life.  Because of us,…

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December 4

  Reflection So much violence is done in our world in the name of a judgmental God without  mercy. Our own self-righteousness in the name of God empowers us to condemn the beliefs and lives of others. Jesus, who called God “Abba”, did not teach this. Jesus reflected a loving God who could be moved with pity for us in…

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December 3

First Sunday of Advent Reflection Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. Mark 13:33-37 Advent is about newness. Something unimagined is about to happen. In this weary world a new voice will be heard.  A voice that gives hope.  A voice that will bring good news to those who are willing to hear.  It…

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December 2

Reflection I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. Psalm 23;1-3 Today we remember three religious sisters and one laywoman who were raped, mutilated, and murdered on December 2, 1980. These American women dedicated their lives to providing food, transportation and other assistance to the people who were being oppressed in El Salvador.…

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