Category Archives: Advent

#Advent: Quickie Quote

On this Advent Wednesday here’s a short yet powerful quote to contemplate… “The teaching of Christ is not Christ for me unless I am determined to have Christ formed in me.” Oswald Chambers  grace, peace & spiritual formation Virginia : )

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#ADVENT: GLOOMY DAY LIGHT

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 It’s amazing what a difference light makes when things are gloomy. We may have trouble finding our way when doom and gloom cloud our horizons. … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: Dark Nights of the Soul

“The endurance of darkness is the preparation for great light.” Saint John of the Cross Today we remember St. John of the Cross, a 16th century Spanish saint (1541-1591) well known for his “Dark Night of the Soul.”  During his ministry … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: JOY! JOY! JOY!

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God…” (Isaiah 61:10) On this Gaudete Sunday of Advent we are called to “Rejoice!” Given all the staggering challenges that surround us these days, finding our … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: ROSES IN DECEMBER

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Years ago in the 16th century, native peasant Juan Diego encountered a vision of Mary on a hill near his village in Mexico. Dressed in native attire Our Lady of Guadalupe … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: Conduits of God’s Grandeur

A part of Advent is opening our hearts and lives to God’s presence, to God’s glory. Amidst challenges the extent of God’s grandeur may be shrouded in mists of confusion and doubt. But, God’s glory – like God’s love – … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL!!

It seems appropriate somehow that Human Rights Day falls during Advent. Over the years I’ve posted a Human Rights Day blog on December 10th not connecting it to Advent, but this year it dawned on me they go hand in … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: Tolkien Tireditis Cures

‘Tis the season for sniffles and general tireditis… Throw 2020 into the mix – voila! – it’s easy to succumb to blahs this holiday. Add uncertainty of an impending New Year (please, God, not another one like 2020!) and we … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: COURAGEOUS FAITH

“Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary…” (Luke 1:30) Sometimes the opposite of faith is not doubt, but fear. Mary had to face a daunting list of Big Fears: What would Joseph think? Stoning her to … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: BLOOMS IN THE DESERT

“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom…and rejoice with joy and singing…They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. …Strengthen weak hands, and make firm feeble knees. … Continue reading

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