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Will We Listen to John the Baptist?

December 15, AD 2016 0 Comments
Will We Listen to John the Baptist?

During Advent and Christmas, I often think of the Holy Family. I look at the poor and homeless in my community in relation to Mary and Joseph as they sought shelter in Bethlehem. Glancing at manger scenes, I contemplate the poverty of the Holy Family, and the impoverished in my community. I ponder their flight […]

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Strangers at the Manger: Children’s Book Review

December 7, AD 2016 0 Comments
Strangers at the Manger: Children’s Book Review

I don’t know about you, but I need a little Christmas magic right now. Let’s take a little trip to Advent and Christmas with Lisa Hendey’s book, The Strangers at the Manger. I guess I didn’t read the description of this book too closely as I got it hoping to read it to my son. […]

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The Hipster Nativity Set

December 6, AD 2016 8 Comments
The Hipster Nativity Set

As a child, one of my favorite things about Christmas was the Nativity scenes. From the teeny-tiny one on my family’s home altar to the life-sized diorama at the Church of St. Alphonsus, carvings of the Holy Family brought the story of the Incarnation to life. This morning I awoke to the sight of a […]

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Advent: The Coming of the Lord

December 5, AD 2016 1 Comment
Advent: The Coming of the Lord

Happy New Liturgical Year! With the First Sunday of Advent came a new year in the Catholic Church. Advent is an important time of spiritual preparation for Christmas. Just as we prepare for the glorious joy of Easter with Lenten fasting and penance, so do we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ with the […]

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Am I Living Like I’m in Times Square?

November 24, AD 2016 0 Comments
Am I Living Like I’m in Times Square?

My small feet stepped across the sidewalk and my blue eyes widened as I took in the sights and sounds of Times Square. I had seen this bustling hub of activity often on television or in movies, but this time, I was visiting it myself. Today, many years later, I can still remember the awe […]

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A Light in Advent: Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12, AD 2015 0 Comments
A Light in Advent: Our Lady of Guadalupe

A MIRACLE ON TEPEYAC In December 1531, two men in a small village in Mexico each felt the presence of an overwhelming darkness. One, Bishop Juan de Zumárraga, was a Spanish missionary who had reached the point of despair in trying to evangelize the native people. He sought to preach the truth of Christ in […]

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Waiting like Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

December 12, AD 2015 0 Comments
Waiting like Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

During this season of Advent, we are reminded of “waiting.” Each year I find myself getting more and more excited for Advent. While most people are focusing on Halloween and Thanksgiving preparations, I am anticipating a season of anticipation. As children, we love the excitement of anticipating Christmas and, for many, Christmas is celebrated for […]

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Mary’s Advent

December 8, AD 2015 0 Comments
Mary’s Advent

The season of Advent is a time for waiting, preparing, and eagerly anticipating the birth of Christ.  It seems like no one could understand this period of time more than Mary, as she waited what probably seemed like a very long nine months for the birth of her son. You could say that Mary’s personal […]

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The Uncertainty of Advent – A Challenge to Our Generation

December 7, AD 2015 2 Comments
The Uncertainty of Advent – A Challenge to Our Generation

My husband is about to defend his doctoral dissertation. A journey that began even before we were married is finally (finally!) coming to an end. It’s a cause for much joy, certainly, but it’s also the cause for a good deal of anxiety. The next stage is the job search, and a possible cross country […]

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My Plan for Advent

December 1, AD 2015 1 Comment
My Plan for Advent

As I started thinking about all the things I want and need to get done before Christmas, I realized that I need to set priorities in order so that the most important things get done first. I want to make sure I watch alllll the best Christmas movies, eat plenty of cookies, and visit all the […]

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Keep Christ in Advent

November 29, AD 2015 0 Comments
Keep Christ in Advent

Stores across the country have pulled out their Christmas displays full force, and several people I know have started blaring Christmas music in their homes or cars. With holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving in our past, it is now time to focus our gaze on Christmas, right? Yes—and no. It is important to look towards […]

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Mary’s Yes, and Yours

November 29, AD 2015 0 Comments
Mary’s Yes, and Yours

Advent has come upon us. We watch and wait with Mary, as her fiat, her “yes” to God’s will comes to fruition. The Annunciation isn’t an event that makes sense on a purely human level. Mary was just a young girl—and God asked her to carry the Savior of the world within her, conceived by […]

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Preparing for His Second Coming

November 28, AD 2015 1 Comment
Preparing for His Second Coming

Adam lay ybounden, Bounden in a bond; Four thousand winter Thought he not too long. And all was for an apple, An apple that he took, As clerkès finden Written in their book. Ne had the apple taken been, The apple taken been, Ne had never our lady Abeen heavenè queen. Blessèd be the time […]

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Feasting on Advent

November 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
Feasting on Advent

In his stunning work, the Spirit of the Liturgy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI states that worship requires that God “give back” and reveal Himself to us, otherwise we are simply “clutching empty space” when we try to worship God. Despite attempting to move toward God in our mind or will, we will never find God […]

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Enough

December 23, AD 2014 1 Comment
Enough

Here I am, finally sitting down to write this, write something, procrastinating once again (or just finally getting around to this, it’s a dice roll these days) and I just can’t think of anything to say. What is there to say? I hear my extremely overtired toddler scream from her bedroom and my baby playing […]

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