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I’m Dreaming of a Contemplative Christmas

December 13, AD 2017 1 Comment
I’m Dreaming of a Contemplative Christmas

Together with “exciting” and “joyful”, “stressful” is a word that is associated with the days leading up to Christmas and with the Christmas season itself. Increased rush hour traffic, shopping lists and parties to squeeze into tight budgets and schedules, tasks lists in the preparation of the Christmas dinner, caroling rehearsals, and year-end work to […]

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Why Make Resolutions for the Liturgical Year?

December 6, AD 2017 0 Comments
Why Make Resolutions for the Liturgical Year?

Advent began on Sunday, December 3, and with it, the new liturgical year also began. An entire year to focus on the life and ministry of Christ stretches before us, complete with seasons, feast days, and days of fasting and penitence. Since we are in Advent, it’s important to focus on the season we are […]

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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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