Today is Gaudete Sunday: the third week of Advent, the Sunday of Joy. If we take a look at the readings as a whole we find that joy is not the only major theme. Justice […]
Grace, Social Action and the Immaculate Conception
Mary’s act of humility and boldness serves a model for us. Mary is neither passive nor prideful. Filled with God’s grace, Mary allows herself to be led by the Spirit to undertake bold actions as a parent, prophet, and follower of Christ.
The Fourth Sunday of Advent: David and Mary and The Power of Prayerful Song
In today’s readings, we hear the stories of two central prophetic witnesses: King David and Mary of Nazareth. Their stories are intimately connected in the Christian narrative and today’s readings give us much to ponder […]
Lessons, Carols, and The Last Jedi
Spoilers below for Star Wars: The Last Jedi My experience of Star Wars has always involved an element of waiting. Born in 1980, the original trilogy was all out before I was really aware of […]
Traditioning Joy on the Third Sunday of Advent: Testifying to the light
“I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul” Isaiah 61:10 “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for […]
Comfort in a World on Fire: The Second Sunday of Advent
“Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, that her guilt has been expiated; indeed, she has received from […]
What are you giving up for Advent?
No, I didn’t make a mistake and get Advent and Lent confused. As many of us who went to Catholic schools and catechism classes can remember, despite the similarities and the purple vestments, Advent is […]
Celebrating Christmas in a Time of Fear
By: Marjorie Corbman How do you celebrate Christmas when hope feels impossible? At the end of a year filled with fear and increasing violence, it can seem difficult to look forward to 2017 with enthusiasm. […]
Jesus is Outside
He was scandalously conceived outside of a proper marriage, born outside of his society’s attention, and immediately a refugee outside his homeland as he fled brutal political power. He brought contempt and rejection upon himself […]
Jesus, our Emmanuel: The Fourth Sunday of Advent
The readings for this Fourth Sunday of Advent are primarily a call to prepare for the coming of Christ: eschatologically (on the Last Day) and historically (the Incarnation). But they also serve to announce […]
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