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Tag Archive for ‘Christmas’

The Star is always there

Wear the robe of Heaven, not that of this world. Be in this world, but not of it. Be otherworldly though here on earth. Choose simplicity over what is royal. This is a lesson of an Infant in a manger against the great and growing temptation of our time. Try to see things more from […]

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Santa and the little girl

Just another trip to the Atlanta Airport, as usual the plane would be an hour late, so I went for coffee, got a table and people watched, something I love doing. So many people, going to so many places, some rushing, others dragging by ever so slowly forcing others to rush by them, military men […]

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What Child is This?

As we turn our eyes on Bethlehem and away from the rich and busy world, we recall the following lines: A little Child, A shining star, A stable rude, The door ajar. Yet in that place So crude, forlorn, The hope of all The world was born. If only the people of this world could […]

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For Unto Us a Child s Born

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Christmas ‘ghosts’

Christmas is a time for some to tell stories of the supernatural, including about “ghosts.” We think most obviously of Scrooge and his apparitions. Beyond scary spirits (of Christmases past), some believe that the Blessed Mother once appeared to the very author of that tale, Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol). In the midst of his […]

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In the beginning was the Word

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.—Luke 2:14 Peace is something mankind longs for. Even those who are committing acts of terror or hoping for a future of peace when their cause wins, which is an illusion, for the fruit of violence is more violence. God has good […]

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Just Another Christmas Homily?

I remember the election of Pope John the XXIII in 1958. In December of that year he celebrated his first Christmas Mass as pope, and it was the first time that the Church had the technology to broadcast the Christmas Mass worldwide over radio and television. Being 2000 years old, the Church is the oldest […]

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Teaming With St. Joseph at Advent’s End

What is still unprepared in our hearts can be offered to the Merciful Infant We lit that last violet candle on the Advent wreath this weekend, and it didn’t give me any sense of joy that the earth is about to receive her king. Instead, it made me think that once again, this year’s Advent […]

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Our deepest longings to be seen and loved

God with us is not some abstract theological theory, but a lived experience if we do not fear the process needed in order for that to become a reality The season of Advent brings to the fore the importance of waiting, patience and endurance. We all have rites of passage in our lives, some we […]

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The “O” Antiphons

The Roman Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as […]

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