Yearly Archives: 2018

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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Sister Mary Ann Carotenuto, CSJ

Our hearts are saddened but as we celebrate this Eucharist to thank God for Mary Ann Carotenuto, a Sister of St. Joseph for sixty years, we can rejoice and be glad because she is with the God who loved her so dearly. After revealing that love to everyone she met, Mary Ann is at peace. Mary Ann’s dear and ever-faithful

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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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December 7

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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December 6

Feast of St. Nicholas Reflection In the early days of Advent our spirits are lifted with the stories of St. Nicholas There are many myths about St. Nicholas 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

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December 5

Reflection The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. Isaiah 9:2  It should be visible to all that the word of the gospel is enfleshed in our lives. The Advent readings call us to live as people who believe in the message of Jesus, who see the truth of his words and because of that live in hope.

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