Advent from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to." The beginning of our Liturgical year, a time of preparation for the coming of God into humanity, one focusing on the virtues of hope, peace, joy and love. For years as we got to the Third Sunday, and all that week held for us our boss, … Continue reading Advent
New year happens differently for each of us, in unique ways. September always feels like the beginning of the new year because a new school year begins, and our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrate then. Late October feels like the beginning of the new year because Fall Quilt Market and new commitments that happen there, … Continue reading Happy New Year
I want to begin this post with, "Thank you" for your prayerful support through this year. I am grateful for each person who has taken a moment to lift both public and private intentions on my behalf to the Lord. You all have helped me through some challenging moments, and allowed me to see and … Continue reading Pray for us now…
An Advent Reflection The other day I read something really beautiful written by Dr. Tom Neal on Word on Fire: Show me the Father. By the time I arrived at the end of the piece the tears were sliding down my face. It is in part because of my experience earlier this year, having that … Continue reading It’s a good day to begin anew
Yes, it's the Liturgical New Year. Today we begin again, telling the stories leading up to the Birth of Jesus. That moment when God, who seems, often feels, somewhere out there, way beyond our grasp, entered into out daily, human, corporeal existence, becoming one of us in everything, except sin. Through all the trials, and … Continue reading Happy New Year!
Have you ever wanted to thank God for something happening that was kind of rough to deal with in the moment, but deep down you know is the right thing? The title had nothing to do with with that, however it fits and I'm keeping it. Wednesday, on my way into the City, I started … Continue reading And then I stopped, and said, “Thank You!”
Advent (the Church New Year) is a time of preparation: preparing our hearts, and our homes to make room for Jesus in our homes, and in our hearts. Mary deTurris Poust has a great reflection today on this, the third week of Advent, the week of the Rose candle, and the "O" antiphons, and the … Continue reading Gaudete!
Celebrating is a good thing. We're quickly coming up on the Season of Advent, which can be practiced as a "little Lent", with sacrifices, preparing our hearts for making room for Jesus. We take this journey with Mary and Joseph who must travel to Bethlehem while she's in that last month of pregnancy. In this … Continue reading Celebrating
Ya know how you do something over, and over, and over again and it becomes rote. Part of who you are, the core of your being. There are many things we do sing, breathe, blink, stretch, contort our faces in ways that show the underlying sentiment, or not. My face has a mind all it's … Continue reading Advent, Lent, Rote, and Renewal
This blog post feels a little scattered. We are creeping up on the change of the calendar year. I'm wondering where the days of this year disappeared. 2016 is one of those years that was decidedly not one of my faves. Not simply from the "I wish I'd done this differently" but from the "Where … Continue reading Gaudete!