Advent Tip: Who Is My John the Baptist? 4

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John the Baptist is a prominent figure during the Advent season. We see him announcing the coming of the Messiah along the banks of the Jordan, washing people in baptism, and not holding back any words in calling people to conversion.

I believe God sends John the Baptists into our lives. People, places, circumstances, events, moments that remind us: Jesus is here, Jesus is coming, Jesus lives. More…

Advent Tip: We’re Expecting More Than Christmas 1

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If we’ve been living Advent with interest, we’ve probably prepared the nativity scene (minus the Christ child), prepared Advent candles, listened attentively to the readings and beautiful liturgical prayers at Mass, and perhaps taken a little extra time for spiritual reading and retreat, in order to prepare ourselves to celebrate Christ’s birth at Christmas.

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Establishing Christ’s Kingdom Requires the Freedom to Love 1

Reflection for the Second Week of Advent, by Fr Martin Connor

To establish the Kingdom is to teach Christ by giving Christ.

To give Christ is to teach that love is a choice, the choice of making yourself a gift to the other rather than use another as a means for some pleasure or end, which is so very common in our world.

Ultimately, love is a choice for Good over evil. More…

Advent Tip: Learn from Mary 7

The time leading up to Christmas is often packed with things to do, people to see, gifts to be wrapped, cards to send, travels to be planned, and parties to attend. This is all well and good and even important. It can even be helpful, if we live it properly. More…

Reflections on the Kingdom for Advent 3

cross silloetteIn the Gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Advent, John the Baptist proclaims:

“The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”

Over the next few days, we will offer some reflections on the Kingdom by Fr Martin Connor to help us to “Prepare the way of the Lord.”

What does Kingdom mean?

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Who’s Who in Today’s Gospel? 3

I must decrease

I must decrease

Who are you in today’s Gospel?

Three types of person appear on the scene in the Gospel reading for today (Matthew 3:1-12): The one who fearlessly proclaims Christ as Lord; the crowds who go out to see to see this man;  the Pharisees and Sadducees who also go out to see him.

John is a strong and charismatic character, who draws a lot of attention to himself, although he’s fully aware that his mission is to do just the opposite.

He does not desire the attention he gets for himself (as Pharisees and Sadducees do). He identifies with his mission, which is to point us toward someone else far greater than himself.

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The World Is about to Turn 5

Violet and Rose: The colors of Dawn; The colors of Advent

Violet and Rose: The colors of Dawn; The colors of Advent

From St Patrick’s Prayer (I Arise Today)

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me. More…

Santa Clause Comes Early (Every Year) 5

St Nickolas Icon courtesy of Reinkat

St Nickolas Icon courtesy of Reinkat

There are  days when a blogger gets a block and can’t come up with much to say. Then there are days when the blogger has so many ideas that he can’t think of how to put it all into one post. Happens to be the latter for me today. Of course, I don’t have to say it all. But, then again….

Good things always come in 3s, right? So here’s how I’m going to do it.  More…

The Importance of Story Telling in Advent Reply

Joseph’s faith opens him up to the unexpected ways of God

Joseph’s faith opens him up to the unexpected ways of God

“The grounds for belief and unbelief are same today as they were two thousand or ten thousand years ago.” If Joseph had lacked faith to trust God or humility to perceive the holiness of his spouse, he could have disbelieved in the miraculous origin of her Son as easily as any modern man; and any modern man who believes in God can accept the miracle as easily as Joseph did.”  — C.S. Lewis

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We All Need Christ in Our Life 9

Great crowds came to him… They all ate and were satisfied

Great crowds came to him… They all ate and were satisfied

The Gospel reading in today’s Mass illustrates why we have Advent: Christ comes to us, because we need Him. He comes to us in mysterious ways in which we are spiritually healed, nourished, and restored to new life in Him.

From today’s Gospel: More…