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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