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Waiting for Christ, the light of the world

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Advent is a time to watch and prepare for the coming of Christ just as vigilantly...

Contemplating Joseph as part of the Nativity mystery

At one point in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program each year I ask participants a seemingly simple question: "Is it possible...

Fourth Sunday of Advent: The mystery of Jesus as God and...

Sunday Scripture reading, Dec. 22, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Advent 1) Is 7:10-14 Psalm 24:1-6 2) Rom 1:1-7 Gospel: Mt 1:18-24 The mystery of Jesus as God and man At Christmas,...

Jesus shows us how to prepare for his coming

Jesus loves you. And he wants you to triumph; he won't let you fail. He gives you all the tools you need to be...

Mary, a model of patience for us to follow

Picture an image of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Now picture her pregnant. Imagine coming across that image on your Facebook or Instagram feed. You see...

Third Sunday of Advent: Contemplate the wonder of Advent

Sunday Scripture reading, Dec. 15, 2019 Third Sunday of Advent 1) Is 35:1-6, 10 Psalm 146:6-10 2) Jas 5:7-10 Gospel: Mt 11:2-11 Contemplate the wonder of Advent The midpoint of Advent...

Justice, peace and the call of our baptism

Some awfully nice visions of the future are painted in this year's readings for the Second Sunday of Advent -- peace and justice, primarily. But...

Scripture tells the multifaceted story of John the Baptist

The story of John the Baptist really begins when he ... But wait! His story is multifaceted in ways history often overlooked. How should...

Second Sunday of Advent: God promises justice

Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 8, 2019 Second Sunday of Advent 1) Is 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 2) Rom 15:4-9 Gospel: Mt 3:1-12 God promises justice The readings today announce...

First week of Advent: Practice this St. Joseph meditation

Pray along with this meditation inspired by Matthew 1:18-24. You speak to us in dreams. Sometimes it is the only occasion you find us still...

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