December 19th – Third Saturday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “Then, when his days of ministry were completed, he went home, (Luke 1:23).” Daily Advent Reflection This short quotation from today’s gospel refers to Zechariah returning home to Elizabeth after the angel has appeared to him. However, it can also be seen as being true for our life journey – that when our […]

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December 18th – Third Friday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us,”'(Matthew 1:23).” Daily Advent Reflection There is just one week before Christmas Day. We are surrounded by images of gifts and may be caught up in last minute present buying. Our material world […]

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Waiting

This Advent you may be waiting for even more than just the celebration of Jesus’ birth and His promised second coming. You may be waiting for a job offer, or a college acceptance letter, or a good word from your doctor, or even the birth of your own child. Life is filled with periods of […]

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December 17th – Third Thursday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham,” (Matthew 1:1).” Daily Advent Reflection Today’s gospel reading is the genealogy from Matthew’s gospel. We are given the family tree of Jesus, which is made up of a diverse range of characters, with all kinds of people from […]

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The Grace of Simply Looking Around

There is an art and a grace to waiting.  The art is in how we use the time between hope and fulfillment.  Do we fill it up with mindless activities or digital attachments? Do we keep our heads down unable to see the world around? Click here to read the full post

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December 16th – Third Wednesday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “‘Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me,” (Luke 7:22-23).” Daily Advent Reflection John the Baptist sends his messengers […]

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Painting of Jump For Joy-Mary and Elizabeth by Corby Eisbacher, https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtByCorby.

A Season of Joyful Hope

For Sunday, December 20, 2015, 4th Sunday of Advent The woman had a frantic look in her eye. Her hands were continually measuring out six-inch stretches of sheet on her hospital bed. She would glance at the clock. Then her eyes moved to the window and back to my face. “How can you be so calm?” […]

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December 15th – Third Tuesday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “‘When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him,’ (Matthew 21:32).” Daily Advent Reflection One of the challenges for us in our Church and parish life is to […]

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Don’t Panic!

In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis tells us, “Don’t panic. God is greater than our sins!” Too many people have stayed away from God for too long because of fear. What a tragedy it would be if my children stayed away from me because of fear. Click here to read the full post

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December 14th – Third Monday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “‘Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things,’ (Matthew 21:27).” Daily Advent Reflection Jesus did not engage in discussion that he felt was inappropriate. In this season of goodwill, am I tempted to listen to idle words about other people or to spread something that might be seen as […]

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December 13th – Third Sunday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “‘Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise,’ (Luke 3:11).” Daily Advent Reflection All that we are and all that we have are gifts from our generous God. Our call is to Steward them in a responsible manner and return them with increase […]

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December 12th – Second Saturday of Advent

Today’s Gospel “Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, (Matthew 17:12).” Daily Advent Reflection We are all very blessed that we have met or have a desire to meet God in prayer. When Elijah came, he was not recognized. Jesus was also not recognized universally for who he truly was; this is […]

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