Monthly Archives: December 2018

When It Is a Cold and Gray December

When it is a gray and cold December post-Christmas day, it is good to go snorkeling. There has a storm brewing the past few days and the cold and gray weather it brought matched the feelings in our souls. For … Continue reading

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Evil in the World

There is evil in the world. One only needs to look around to realize this. War is evil. Violence is evil. Widespread poverty is evil. Oppression is evil. Evil is real and there are many would minimize it. They would … Continue reading

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Bless the Children and the Innocents

With the last refrain of the angels’ song still hanging in the air, Herod is out to do the baby in whom he saw as threat. The Holy Family become refugees in Egypt, a tragedy oft repeated even in our … Continue reading

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What Lies Ahead?

We look with joy at the Child in the manger and wonder, “What Child is this who, laid to rest on Mary’s lap is sleeping?” The next time she would have her son in her lap would be at the … Continue reading

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The Morning After Christmas

A (favorite) nephew who often plays the cynic with a sardonic sense of humor posted this on his wall today, right after Christmas: To all the Non-believers… Happy Normal Tuesday!!! Unwittingly, he expressed the same sentiments as the Christian liturgy. … Continue reading

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Give Love On Christmas Day

I have always loved this quote from Blaise Pascal “The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing”. (In original French: “Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas.”) There can never be a mathematical formula … Continue reading

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The Empty Manger

It is Christmas eve and it is all quiet in the house. Anabelle and I are spending Christmas all by ourselves for the first time since 1975 when we spent our first Christmas together as a married couple. Since then, … Continue reading

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Affirmation

A house with no people living in it is but an empty shell. It will never be a home. People are the soul that make a house a home. And so man is composed of both body and soul. A … Continue reading

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S.A.D. @ Christmas

Christmas is a joyful season. But how is it that Christmas is often tinged with a touch of sadness for many people? It is a time of love and maybe we miss people we love we could not be with … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Incarnation

From today’s Gospel: When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit … Continue reading

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