No Greater Gift

We hear every year the story of the Magi bringing rich gifts to honor Jesus. They were honoring this newborn king the only way they really knew. And yes, I believe that whatever they could have offered him would have been appreciated. But I think it was the gift of themselves that mattered the most. […]

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Mother of Mercy

Mary is the Mother who lovingly brings us to God, the one who turns human “yes’s” into miracles. Mary not only gave birth to the Son of God, she gave birth to our hope that by our own affirmative reply to God’s calling in our life, that God will comfort and care for us as […]

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Horse - oil painting like cave painting a la Altamira.

Looking Up

For Sunday, January 3, 2016, The Epiphany of the Lord On a summer’s day in 1879, an amateur archeologist named Marcelino de Sautuola went into a cave in Altamira, Spain, looking for prehistoric artifacts. He’d been there several times before, and hadn’t found much of interest. But this day, he brought with him his eight-year-old daughter. […]

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December 25th – The Nativity of Our Lord

Today’s Gospel “‘For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger,’ (Luke 2:11-12).” Daily Advent Reflection Today we celebrate the Nativity of the […]

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December 24th – Fourth Thursday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “‘Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David,’ (Luke 1:68-69).” Daily Advent Reflection This prophecy, spoken by Zechariah, is part of the Benedictus, which forms part of the […]

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An Everyday Stewardship Christmas

The average American will spend close to $800 this year on Christmas gifts. That number is for the average person, not even the average family, which would be much higher. Most Americans will also take on some credit debt this Christmas in order to get their loved ones all the gifts they want. Of course, […]

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December 23rd – Fourth Wednesday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, ‘What, then, will this child be?’ (Luke 1:66).” Daily Advent Reflection Today’s Gospel reading shows Zechariah naming his son John. This week we are moving towards the celebration of the birth of Jesus on Thursday. The theme is anticipation and expectancy – although […]

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Scared child lost in store.

Fifteen Minutes in a Target

For Sunday, December 27, 2015, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph We were in Target, shopping for something I have long since forgotten. We often find ourselves in stores long after the intentionality of buying something has past, now aimlessly encountering things that promise to make our lives better or more exciting. On this […]

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December 22nd – Fourth Tuesday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord…He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly,’ (Luke 1: 46, 52).” Daily Advent Reflection Today’s Gospel is the Magnificat, where Mary reflects on God in the world. God turns the world upside down – God casts down the mighty, […]

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Tear Down Those Walls

Walls are not just physical things – we all build them around ourselves for protection of some sort. They separate us – and they can stop us from reaching out, perhaps because we are afraid or jealous or perhaps we are just feeling mean-spirited and don’t want to give of ourselves. To be true stewards […]

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December 21st – Fourth Monday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “‘How does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?’ (Luke 1:43).” Daily Advent Reflection The Gospel reading today is the same as yesterday, the account of the Visitation from Luke’s Gospel. Elizabeth feels honored that Mary, the mother of God, has come to visit her. We too […]

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December 20th – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb,’ (Luke 1:43).” Daily Advent Reflection Today we hear the account of the Visitation from Luke’s gospel. It is a familiar, yet deeply moving, account. We hear of Elizabeth’s reaction to Mary when she first realises that Mary is carrying Jesus […]

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