Monthly Archives: December 2019

December 14

Reflection As we move through Advent we remember that Christmas is not only a celebration of the birth of Jesus, it is also the expectation that each of us will bring his presence into our world. We cannot just wrap our gifts and share them with special people on Christmas day.  Rather, the gifts of love, compassion, and the gospel…

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December 13

Reflection Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Isaiah 40:1 As people of this earth we are far from the union we share within the Source of Life.  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. Because of us, even the…

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December 12

Reflection The Advent readings tell us that “the people in darkness shall see a great light”. But, we know that the light shining in the present darkness is blurred in a world whose systems do not understand it. Yet, we have hope because we know that in the hearts of many the light does shine.  We believe that the darkness…

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December 11

Reflection The anticipation of the coming of the Messiah throughout the Old Testament and Judaism was not in connection with the remembrance of sins.  Rather, it was in the context of oppression and injustice, the longing for redemption, not from personal guilt and sin but from the systemic evil of the world.  Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation,…

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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

Reflection Advent reminds us that God is present in our lives. It promises that not only do we desire and long for God but God also longs and comes to us. God’s love draws us to wholeness. It is the creative energy of life manifested in all sorts of ways. This desire of God for our responsive love was exemplified…

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December 8

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…

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