Monthly Archives: December 2018

December 31

New Years Eve Reflection God is the God of our yesterdays as well as our tomorrows. We look at the year that has passed with its difficulties as well as its joys and give thanks; we look toward the year to come with hope and confidence in God’s provident love. Grateful for the coming new year, we can embrace the

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December 30

Feast of the Holy Family Reflection When we think of the Holy Family, we usually limit our thoughts to the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Yet, Christmas teaches that God is at home with us. “We are one in the family of faith, sharing our small planet as together we hurl through space. This is our home and these

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December 29

Reflection The image of the Holy Family, the gospel story of the birth of Jesus, and circumstances in which we encounter this reality provide us with the Jesus way to live in the midst of a world terribly divided by political, economic, and nationalistic tensions.  What if each of us sought to bring love and light, warmth and peace, to

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December 28

Feast of the Holy Innocents Reflection Today is the traditional Feast of the Holy Innocents, those children who according to the Gospel story were killed at the order of King Herod in order to protect his own power and domination. This slaughter continues in our own time. We see children victimized by war and terrorism. Children suffer and die from disease,

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December 27

Reflection Now that the shopping is over, the gifts are unwrapped, the cards have been sent, and the carols are sung, what about Jesus? Have we embraced the baby and forgotten the man? Is his message as important as whether or not the shopping season had the hoped for effect on the economy? In the midst of the past frenetic

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December 26

Reflection Christmas is not a day, it’s a season. The calendar of commerce exalts the preparation for Christmas then recognizes no time for letting Christmas develop naturally afterward. This creates a real psychic rupture that is felt not just in our individual lives but in our social world. To observe even a part of the real Christmas season—that is after

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December 25

Christmas Day Reflection Christmas is a day of hope as well as joy. We do not celebrate Jesus’ birthday remembering something that happened long ago. We celebrate the stupendous fact of the Incarnation. “This is a profound faith statement by which we hold that the Holy One, the source of everything that is, emerged most fully in Jesus of Nazareth. 

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December 24

Christmas Eve Reflection Christmas Eve is a time of anticipation. There is a special aura about it. Children feel the excitement of Santa and Christmas morning. Adults each hold their own store of memories. As the Christmas story is heard sung in carols it mellows our hearts. We have spent Advent in the darkest time of the year and we

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December 23

Reflection              O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come set us free, Lord our God. The gift that Christ offers us at Christmas is the gift of his presence. It is the vision of life loosened from spiritual confusion. We want to let go of the things that compromise our integrity not only

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December 22

Reflection O Ruler of all nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come save the creature you fashioned from the dust. 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

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