Posts made in December, 2019

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it

7th Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord   The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.    Happy New Year’s Eve! Are you thinking of resolutions to make for the coming year?   Maybe you want to begin a new diet or cut back on your screen time or read more Scripture.   Maybe you want to work on your relationship with a friend or family member.   Of course, these are all good ideas, but think about adding...

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She was advanced in years

6th Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord   She was advanced in years.  If you want to see an example of the vital role that senior women can play in the family of God, just look at Anna!   Her story is so short, yet very compelling.   A prayerful widow, she spent all her days in the Temple.   So let’s imagine what her days could have been like. Perhaps Anna had children and grandchildren, but by this time, they had grown up and...

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Herod . . . became furious

The Holy Innocents, Martyrs (Feast)   Herod . . . became furious.    What kind of person orders the slaughter of two-year-olds?   Someone as neurotic and paranoid as Herod the Great, that’s who.   This atrocity also shows how desperate Herod must have been.   It’s possible that the birth of one little child terrified him so much because he had already sensed that his grip on power was slipping away—which it was.   In the end, his order to kill...

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What we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you

Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist (Feast)   What we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you.  So just what does an evangelist do?   According to St. John, he takes what he has seen, heard, touched, and experienced and tells people about it.   That seems simple enough, doesn’t it?   What did John see and touch and believe?   Jesus.   He traveled with him, he heard him teach, he saw him die, he looked into the empty tomb, and he saw Jesus...

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