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We are all called to carry and pass on the flame

Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple This then is the message which we have heard from Him and declare unto you: that God is light,  and in Him is no darkness at all.—1 John 1:5 This morning as I was going into our church for Vigils (our 4 AM Divine Office) the church was aglow […]

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The conversion of St. Paul

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and […]

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Mild winter day

The Sun today gentle, soothing to the skin unlike summer rays which I must hide from, for its harshness makes my skin shy. The sky dark blue, cotton clouds race by above, each unique in their sculptured beauty. Down by the lake my favorite place, very small yet it gives me peace just to be […]

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New Year and thinking of the far past

One of the losses I was able to rectify a few years back, was to purchase from Amazon my high school yearbook from 1967.  I remember one day in the year that I graduated finding out that we were the 50th class to graduate; the first being in 1967.  I remember looking at the picture […]

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All this fuss over the New Year

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endures forever Ps: 135:1 I know the New Year is an important time of the year. However, when I was in the Navy, even though like most young men I went out a lot, on New Year’s, I stayed in. Never understood all […]

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The Two Sides of Silence

Before embarking on some sort of journey, be it going to another destination, or planning a vacation etc., there can be the tendency to romanticize the process. Anticipation is often different than the actual experience. When pondering the need for silence, it can be one sided when it is simply being thought about or when […]

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God pursues us for a reason

To let others know that our lives are important and that God pursues us for a reason “How many times do we hear: ‘Come on, you Christians, be a little bit more normal, like other people, and be reasonable!’ This is real snake charmer’s talk: ‘Come on, just be like this, okay? A little bit […]

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Advent: Trust is essential in our waiting

“One of the essential paradoxes of Advent: that while we wait for God, we are with God all along, that while we need to be reassured of God’s arrival, or the arrival of our homecoming, we are already at home. While we wait, we have to trust, to have faith, but it is God’s grace […]

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Advent, waiting for the encounter

Advent is an invitation “to sobriety, to not be dominated by the things of this world, Pope Francis said Nov. 27 in St. Peter’s Square. “If, on the contrary, we are conditioned and overpowered by them, it is not possible to perceive that which is much more important: our final encounter with the Lord.”—Pope Francis […]

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All who hope in God

Mary’s song of praise in the Magnificat “is the canticle of the People of God on the journey, and of all men and women who hope in God,  in the power of his mercy.” Pope Francis Advent is a time of hope.  For Jesus Christ is God’s mercy in the flesh and Mary in her joy […]

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