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Who’s really in control?

December 22nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Nations against nations. Rulers abusing their power. Fear, uncertainty, even despair taking hold in fragile hearts because of threats to safety abroad and at home.

The world into which Jesus was born was rife with many of the same problems our world faces today. Yet, the readings for the Epiphany of the Lord help us understand that because of Jesus’ birth, there is more light than darkness, more hope than despair. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Epiphany

December 22nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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In the faces of the Magi, the presence of the shepherds, in Joseph’s eyes, in Mary’s arms, “the glory of the Lord” had come to the world (Is 60:1).

The adoration of the Magi is depicted in this icon by artist Ayman Fayez. The visit of the Magi to the newborn Jesus puts them in continuity with other pilgrims throughout salvation history who have traveled, sometimes great distances, to reach their holy destinations. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Tradition reveals the names of the Wise Men — or Magi — as Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.

They bring gifts to Christ: gold, a symbol of kingship; frankincense, a symbol of his priesthood; and myrrh, an embalming oil, a reminder of his death to come.

In the pilgrimage of the Magi to pay homage to the newborn Jesus lies the ultimate expression of these journeys: God come down to earth, and man journeying great distances to see God face to face.

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Christ: light of the world and Prince of Peace

December 22nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The highlight of Christmas, for me, is hearing the reading from Isaiah (9:1-6) proclaimed at the Mass during the night: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.”

The absence of daylight streaming in through the windows reinforces the sense of darkness and thereby makes this “great light” even more meaningful. Read more »

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Peace amid conflict

December 22nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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At one time or another, we’ve all secretly yearned for the Madison Avenue version of Christmas.

You know the one — where beautiful people, clad in designer clothes, gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes as he slips an expensive bauble around her neck under a fashionable tree fit for a department store window. All filmed through gauze. Perfect. Read more »

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The angels’ song for the Prince of Peace

December 22nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Did you ever hear a sound in the night that startled you from sleep, an unsettling sound that left you wide awake and demanded that you investigate its cause? The Gospel of Luke tells of a nighttime disturbance similar to this (2:8-14).

It startled shepherds “keeping the night watch over their flock” some 2,000 years ago in the Holy Land. “Behold,” a voice called out to them. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Christmas: The Prince of Peace

December 22nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The song of the angels in the Nativity story promises peace on earth. But, the reality is that peace seemingly breaks down with ease in this world.

“The Adoration of the Shepherds” by Gerard van Honthorst (Wikimedia Commons)

Christ, the Prince of Peace, was born into the messy, gritty, troubled reality of human life. He promised a peace that the world cannot give.

To be a true Prince of Peace, Christ must rule over all people, for the peace he brings will be realized when all accept his reign.

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 24, 2017

December 21st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

         Cycle B

         1) 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16

         Psalm:89: 2-5, 27, 29

         2) Rom 16:25-27

         Gospel: Lk 1:26-38

        

Almost Christmas

On the brink of celebrating the end of Mary’s pregnancy — Christmas begins this evening — we look back to its beginning. Today’s Gospel presents the conversation between Mary and an angel named Gabriel.

Is there, for every person, a pivotal conversation — a conversation that determines the whole course of a person’s life? (“Olivia, can we talk about getting married?”) Read more »

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Dominant fourth quarter carries St. Georges past St. Thomas More

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ST. GEORGES – St. Thomas More’s boys basketball team trailed by a single point heading into the fourth quarter of its game at St. Georges on Dec. 16, but the homestanding Hawks dominated in the final eight minutes. They outscored the Ravens, 28-8, and captured the 72-51 victory going away.

St. Thomas More had a three-point advantage after a quarter and also at the half, but St. Georges rebounded in the third quarter. Nah’Shon Hyland, who scored 39 points earlier in the week against St. Elizabeth, led all scorers with 36. Joseph Rinarelli joined him in double figures with 12. The Hawks remained perfect at 5-0 and are back in action Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. at William Penn.

DeAndre Gourdine paced the Ravens with 21, while Joshua Hayward added 10. St. Thomas More fell to 3-1 and will return to the court on Friday against Mastery Charter (Pa.) at 2:45 p.m. at Chester (Pa.) High School.

All photos were taken by Jason Winchell.

 

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Advent prayer of surrender: A meditation of Mary

December 15th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Dear Jesus,

Help me to be like your mother. Help me to be ready to surrender to your will.

Place me with your mother on the day she discovered that God was asking her to be part of salvation history. Place me with her, a virgin betrothed to an older man, in the backwater village of Nazareth. Read more »

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During Advent, surrender to God’s plan

December 15th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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As a woman and mom, I have always had a special connection with the season of Advent. Maybe I’m inspired by the strength displayed by Mary in the face of an unforeseen and life-changing request. Or, maybe the mom in me basks in the memories of the weeks before my own children were born.

But it was 15 years ago that Advent really spoke to me. It was in a way that I never would have imagined, though. And it all began with a phone call. Read more »

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