4th Sunday of Advent [C] December 22, 2019
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4th Sunday of Advent [C] December 22, 2019

MATTHEW 1:18-24 Mary finally makes her appearance in the Gospel Reading this Advent season, although Joseph is at center of Matthew’s story of the birth of Jesus. Through the message of an angel coming to him in a dream, Joseph learns that “it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in...

December 18, 2019March 2, 2020by
Waiting For God – John the Baptist (12/7)
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Waiting For God – John the Baptist (12/7)

This weekend, the Gospel brings the figure of John the Baptist right before us (Matthew 13:1-12). Tall though haggard, John sports the latest in camel hair with locusts and wild honey as his food, John wants only to be a voice drawing the attention of everyone toward another who nears: “Prepare the way of the Lord!”...

December 7, 2019December 7, 2019by
Mercy Works (12/4)
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Mercy Works (12/4)

Christians know mercy is received from God in measure we extend it to those whom we encounter. It always begins with the compassion we show to those whom God has placed alongside us – family and close friends. Some works of mercy are decisively spiritual in nature. It is a duty and privilege to: Correct...

December 4, 2019December 4, 2019by
Make Space for Beauty (12/2)
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Make Space for Beauty (12/2)

As a divine attribute, of course beauty stirs the soul. It properly allures and captivates. Whatever the resplendent form – architecture, art, music, nature, literature, trusted friendship, conversation with God – when beauty is recognized it elicits wonder and awe within the beholder. Time stops, worries disappear, self-promotion ceases. It both surprises and consoles. It...

December 2, 2019December 2, 2019by
Advent Begins (11/30)
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Advent Begins (11/30)

ADVENT is the four-week period the Church graciously offers so that we can ready ourselves to celebrate Christmas well. And, at the same, time we thoughtfully consider God’s other advents – our own death and His glorious arrival at the end of the age. Christians, make the most of the splendid opportunities these days of...

November 30, 2019November 30, 2019by
Encounter Jesus
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Encounter Jesus

As Christmas draws ever near, let us help each other keep our sights set squarely on Jesus and come to encounter the Living God who eagerly awaits us.  

December 22, 2018March 28, 2019by
Making Difficulties Opportunities
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Making Difficulties Opportunities

Every event each day is given to us as an opportunity to grow in grace and draw closer to Jesus. In times of temptation, Jesus is present asking us to grasp this chance of imitating Him by following His counsels. Throughout Advent, let difficulties become opportunities to attain greater union with our blessed Lord. He...

December 5, 2018March 28, 2019by
Don’t Let Difficulties Become Excuses
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Don’t Let Difficulties Become Excuses

First the Magi see a star. They recognize God’s light and then they set out after it. And it’s not easy. However, the difficulties ahead of them on their journey will remain only what they are – difficulties; that is, they will not morph into excuses why their journey to Jesus has to end or...

December 3, 2018March 28, 2019by
Keeping Watch for God (11/28)
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Keeping Watch for God (11/28)

Advent means “arrival”. An important question follows: for whom are you waiting? Well, Christians await no less than the coming of God. When we anticipate the arrival of someone, we ready ourselves for the meeting. We look and listen and pay closer attention especially as the time draws nearer to when we expect a friend to...

November 28, 2016November 28, 2016by
Advent Begins (11/26)
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Advent Begins (11/26)

Today ADVENT begins. The Church offers this special four-week period of preparation so we can ready ourselves to celebrate Christmas more wholeheartedly. Now is time to rid ourselves of everything that threatens to compromise our Catholic Christian identity and mission. Now is the time to take note of the things that separate us from God. God...

November 26, 2016November 26, 2016by
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