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Gaudete Sunday: JOY! JOY! JOY!

“I will greatly rejoice…my soul shall be joyful in my God…” (Isaiah 61:10) On this Gaudete Sunday of Advent we are called to “Rejoice!” During this holiday season we hear carols about joy and songs of good cheer. Given the … Continue reading

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Patience & Faith-Muscles

“Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 On this Advent Saturday where we are half way to Christmas (it’s two weeks from today, in … Continue reading

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December 10th: Human Rights & Advent

It seems appropriate somehow that Human Rights Day falls during Advent. “…And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 Human Rights Day 2021 commemorates … Continue reading

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COURAGE REQUIRED

On this Thursday of Advent, Virginia is contemplating a quote from a favorite author, Brené Brown. “Often the result of daring greatly isn’t a victory march as much as it is a quiet sense of freedom mixed with a little … Continue reading

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Full of Grace, All for God!

Today as Catholics around the world honor Mary, the mother of Jesus, Virginia is contemplating Mary’s “yes” to God, her openness to be for God and letting God in her be for others… “How much we can learn from Our … Continue reading

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Darkness vs. Lamps of Faith

So much of Advent imagery has to do with Light appearing in the darkness. Keep in mind that 2,000 years ago times were tough in the Holy Land – the people there lived under the darkness of a brutal Roman … Continue reading

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St. Nicholas Day: Gifts with a Purpose

In many countries December 6th is a special day where children receive gifts from Saint Nicholas, a 4th century bishop who is remembered in both Eastern and Western churches. Although not many exact details are known about his life, the … Continue reading

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#ADVENT:  2nd Sunday Action Items!!

On this second Sunday of Advent, here are a few takeaway action items from church this morning. Our senior pastor, Msgr. Joe, challenged us with 5 things (based on today’s Scripture readings) to do this Advent. Deciphering hasty scribbles on … Continue reading

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A Celestial Conundrum

As we wait for Christmas our world seems to get messier & messier. It’s good to remember that Christ first came into a very messy, whacked-out world. On this Advent Saturday, here’s a poem from one of my favorite writers … Continue reading

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Fear-Free Zones

The verses from today’s Responsorial Psalm are my absolute FAVORITES! I’ve had them up on a plaque in my room for eons, but most importantly they are engraved in my heart. “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom … Continue reading

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