Tag Archives: encouragement

…holiday blankety blues…

Christmas is just one short week from today. (aaack!) There are some of us who might want to pull blankets over our heads and hide under them to get through the holidays. Maybe we’ve lost loved ones, our livelihood (or … Continue reading

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Tidings of Comfort

On this Advent Monday, here are tidings of comfort for our hearts and minds. “For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, … Continue reading

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Gaudete Sunday: JOY! jOY! JOY! jOY!

On this special ‘Gaudete Sunday’ of Advent we are called to ‘Rejoice!’ as we continue waiting for Christmas to come. All during the holidays we sing about joy, we look for joy, we try to be joyful. Sometimes we confuse … Continue reading

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Advent: (14 December) Saint John of the Cross

“The endurance of darkness is the preparation for great light.” Saint John of the Cross Today we remember this great 16th century Spanish saint (1541-1591) well known for documenting his ‘Dark Night of the Soul.”  Misunderstood, mistreated, and maligned – Saint John of … Continue reading

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Advent Snow!!

The snow is piling up in Williamsburg, Virginia  (the state of) forcing Virginia (the person) to reshuffle her afternoon plans. Zooming out to an early church service this morning a few flakes fluttered, but I came home in pounding snow … Continue reading

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“Be not afraid…”

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I … Continue reading

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Advent: …and so it begins

And so it begins…today is the first Sunday of Advent (whether we’re ready or not.) Advent is a time of preparation and joyful anticipation, of waiting and doing (while we work on that patience thing waiting.) Advent is a journey … Continue reading

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(uplifting) holiday blues

(Reader Alert: you might need a tissue at hand…) After a plethora of lovely meals and family gathering(s), blogger Virginia (who also serves as a chief cook & menu strategist for family Thanksgivings) is in recovery mode. So grateful for … Continue reading

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(workin’ on) an attitude of gratitude

As Americans scurry to make preparations for Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, it’s good for all of us to take a few minutes to give thanks. In this case more is better (vs. less is more) because once we start our thankful … Continue reading

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Óscar Romero: A Voice of Love & Justice

“You cannot reap what you have not sown. How are we going to reap love in our country, if we only sow hate?” Archbishop Óscar Romero (10 July 1977) 38 years after his death, Blessed Óscar Romero will be canonized … Continue reading

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