Monthly Archives: December 2015

Holy Families

The feast of the Holy Family follows Christmas. We fast forward to Jesus, aged 12 in the temple.  His parents have frantically been searching for him. When they find him, Mary demands of him,  Child, why have you treated us … Continue reading

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From the Cradle to the Cross

Today is the Feast of St. Stephen in the Catholic Church. Stephen, full of grace and power, is the first martyr of the faith. Testifying to his belief that Jesus is the Son of God, he is thrown out of … Continue reading

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Jesus is in the Manger

The wait is over. Advent is done. Jesus is in the manger. We have this tradition within the Catholic Church of not putting the baby in the cradle until Christmas Eve.  Tonight, I arrived at friends’ and placed the Child … Continue reading

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Water Broke!

And the face of God turns one last time in the waters of the womb, and the membrane breaks and the amniotic fluid leaks and the skin of God slips naked and small and holy into hands He made. – … Continue reading

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His Name is….

His name is John writes Zechariah because they would not believe Elizabeth.  Why is it when she spoke what God knew nobody wanted to believe her? No, those gathered deferred to the man, to the priest, hoping  that he would then … Continue reading

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Born in a Manger

He was born in a manger because there was no room….no room for the King of Glory in a home, in a hotel, in a hospital, in some people’s hearts.  Somehow someone found at least enough room to offer a … Continue reading

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Joy Leaps

In the Ignatian Exercises, contemplation is a key prayer form. I love to use it, to immerse myself in the reading and picture how things unfolded. When I close my eyes and create the scene of Elizabeth and Mary in … Continue reading

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