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Advent Reflection for November 27, 2016

... the Journey BeginsAs we enter the holy season of Advent, the beginning of the liturgical year, peop...t Jesus.In the lectionary for the first Sunday of Advent, the prophet Isaiah calls us: “O hous...t hand. … Put on the armor of light.”Advent is about carrying our lives forward, yearni Read More...

Advent Reflection for December 4, 2016

...p;  ...begin to imagine what it means to be homeless?The Advent journey tests our spiritual capacity to ide...their aging bodies and a few portable possessions.Advent calls us to bring hope to the hopeless, to Read More...

Advent Reflection for December 11, 2016

Midway in Life’s Journey: Caring for the Next GenerationThe cycle of the liturgical year begins as all long journeys begin, with fear, dread and hope in the discoveries to come. It is the third week of Advent, and we are mid-way in our journey toward the joy of the birth of Jesus Christ, the r Read More...

Advent Reflection for December 18, 2016

Protectors and Teachers of the YoungAs we mark the fourth week of Advent, while the world goes about preparing to celebrate Christmas, let’s take some time to consider the children in our communities and around the globe who can only hope to have a home, to live and be healthy. Let’s als Read More...

Advent Reflection for Christmas 2016

Where God is Born, Hope is Born“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,And they shall name him Emmanuel,”which means “God is with us.” (Mt. 1:23)This reflection is adapted from the Christmas message of Pope Francis in 2015.Christ is born for us, let us rejoice Read More...

Reflection for the First Week of Advent

...t of us are aware that as we begin this season of Advent, we begin a new year, a new cycle in our li...p;The scripture selection for the first Sunday of Advent, from the prophet Isaiah, recognizes a need...bsp;Till by turning, turning we come 'round right. Read More...

Reflection for the Second Week of Advent

...ter, one of the readings for the Second Sunday of Advent.  Peter writes, “ … what ...Him as He has already accepted and loved us. Advent is considered a time of waiting for the Lor...nbsp; God is waiting for us.If we take this view, Advent becomes a time for us to reflect more deepl Read More...

Reflection for the Fourth Week of Advent

...The scripture selections for the Fourth Sunday of Advent are, in a sense, about containers. In ...tion of the Incarnation during the fourth week of Advent, these scriptures present us with the quest...ry of health care within the Church, this week of Advent renews our sense of purpose as bearers of G Read More...

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Christmas Advent 2018

...ual ways we describe ourselves. In the symbolic language of Advent/Christmas, we are a “child wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.” As a “child,” we realize we are always indebted to a larger reality that continuously is creating us. We may be physically, psycho Read More...

Advent Reflection for December 2nd

Reflection for the First Week of Advent, December 2, 2018 "Defiant Christmas Trees"With December, Christmas trees begin to appear.We suddenly notice they are in our hospitals, our office buildings, and the vast variety of sites where we deliver health care. We also find them in malls, on lawns, and Read More...

Advent Reflection for December 9th

...quo; she said. “Just remembering.”The Advent and Christmas season is a time of memories.... an impact. Being sick and caring for the sick at Advent and Christmas often has a poignancy that to... our inner life and we carry it with us. Then the Advent and Christmas season invites us to treasure Read More...

Advent Reflection for December 16th

Fleeing HerodA significant feature of Advent and Christmas is attending to the poor. There are toy drives for poor children, Christmas baskets for those without, Christmas Eve and Christmas day meals in social service settings with prominent political and Church figures serving, solicitation for don Read More...

Advent Reflection for December 23rd

...r implicitly or explicitly, know how to celebrate Advent and Christmas. They become people of goodwi...arriers of its values of dignity and common good. Advent and Christmas is their time of year, a time...  More than that, in the depth of ourselves, Advent and Christmas reminds us that we are those Read More...