Posts made in December, 2019

Lord Jesus, receive my spirit

Saint Stephen, The First Martyr (Feast)   Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.   Think about all the gift giving that happened yesterday.   We all understand that “it’s the thought that counts” more than the gift itself.   It’s the token of affection embodied in the gift that has the most impact, along with the way you have put a little bit of yourself into the gift.   Your hope, after all, is that the gift will help the recipient remember you...

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The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) (Solemnity)   The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.    Today is a day of great joy and celebration.   Christ is born, and our salvation has dawned!   Today, the Church invites us to rejoice with the angels and saints.   So let’s all do that right now, together.   And let’s use the Scripture passages from today’s Mass to guide us. God has “spoken to us through the Son” (Hebrews 1:2).   Jesus,...

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You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High

4th Week of Advent (Mass in the Morning)   You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High.    In one sense, today’s Gospel (Luke 1:76) is the story of an early Christmas gift.   Upon having his mouth opened, Zechariah erupted in praise of God for his mercy and coming salvation.   But right in the middle of his song of praise, he turned to John, his newborn son, and delivered a prophecy about him:   “You, my child, shall . . . go...

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Quote of the Week | December 23,2019

“Our lives are the only meaningful expression of what we believe and in Whom we believe.   And the only real wealth, for any of us, lies in our faith.” –Gordon B. Hinckley

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All were amazed

4th Week of Advent   All were amazed.   If you were to pay close attention to the Gospel readings between the season of Advent and the feast of the Epiphany, you might notice a familiar refrain, especially in the readings from Luke.   Everyone seems to be amazed all the time! Initially, when Zechariah was delayed in the Temple by an angelic visitor, the people waiting for him “were amazed” at how long he took (Luke 1:21).   Then in today’s...

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