Yearly Archives: 2018

December 16

Reflection  Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Phil.4:4 At this midpoint in Advent, we are reminded 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. Yet, joy isn’t giddiness. Rejoicing in the Lord isn’t…

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December 15

Reflection Advent is a time when we are reminded that God is present in our lives. God’s love draws us to wholeness. It is the creative energy of life manifested in all sorts of ways. It promises that not only do we desire and long for God but that God comes to us. This was exemplified by Jesus whose life…

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December 14

Reflection Advent prayer is filled with prophetic voices calling us to new life.  “You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep”. To awaken, to open our eyes and to see what surrounds us, this is one of the themes of Advent. Christ is near with a new vision and a new message, a…

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December 13

Reflection Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing.  There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression.  It is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice and yet still have hope…

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December 12

 Reflection The phrase”Prepare the way of the Lord” is central to Advent: The way of the Lord is the path of return to God. To follow this way leads us out of our alienation and estrangement to reconnection.  In this second week of Advent, we continue to prepare the way of the Lord; we continue to hear a voice calling…

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December 11

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 of our wars and conflicts who are absorbing rejection, political hostility, violence and national fears? Do we wonder what is happening…

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December 10

Remembrance of Thomas Merton Reflection After an undisciplined youth, Thomas Merton converted to Roman Catholicism while attending Columbia University, and on December 10th, 1941 he entered the Abbey of Gethsemane, a community of Trappist monks of an ascetic Roman Catholic order. The twenty-seven years he spent in Gethsemane brought about profound changes in him. He became contemplative and his ongoing…

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December 9

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 balance…

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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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