December 2021

Reflection for December 21

2021-11-23T16:05:13-06:00December 21st, 2021|Reflections|

Saint Peter Canisius, pray for us – 

Mary and Elizabeth were celebrating life, the life within them and how God was working in their life. If nothing else, they were celebrating each other’s presence. They were a special gift to each other. And we are a gift to one another. Let us celebrate this moment in faith knowing that God is with us. We are a great blessing to each other and let us never forget it.

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Reflection for December 20

2021-11-23T16:03:32-06:00December 20th, 2021|Reflections|

We do Mary a disservice if we follow the tendency to place her on a pedestal and leave her there. We reflect on Mary’s importance today precisely because she is one of us, one who shows us how to be in right relationship with the Father. As Pope Paul VI said, “Mary is truly our sister, who as a poor and humble woman fully shared our lot.”

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Reflection for December 19

2021-11-23T16:02:33-06:00December 19th, 2021|Reflections|

Fourth Sunday of Advent – 

Every day of our lives is the season to give, to give what is within our power, the gift of love, the gift of gratitude. Jesus gave himself to us totally and completely. Can we be more generous in sharing our life with others? Only then will we really appreciate the Incarnation.

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Reflection for December 18

2021-11-23T16:01:17-06:00December 18th, 2021|Reflections|

Every one of us experience situations that cause tension, disappointment, hurt and estrangement. It might be helpful if we take on the considerate temperament of Joseph to put aside our own hurts and anger and be the person who will humbly and joyfully be a source of reconciliation and welcome to all we encounter today. St. Joseph help us to be open and accepting as you were.

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Reflection for December 17

2021-11-23T16:00:14-06:00December 17th, 2021|Reflections|

Recently I read a story about a final exam in a religion class at a very exclusive boarding school. The first question on the exam was; “Explain the meaning of the Incarnation.” The answer was worth five points. The second and last question was; ‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans this classroom every day?’ The answer was worth ninety-five points. Everyone flunked the test! What good is knowing the meaning of the Incarnation if it does not open us to an awareness of those around us?

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Reflection for December 16

2021-11-23T15:58:59-06:00December 16th, 2021|Reflections|

Jesus asked them, what had they gone out to the desert to see? “A reed shaken by the wind?” Someone who shifted his position with every passing fashion, someone who just said what people wanted to hear? No. People went out to hear someone who spoke the truth without fear or favor, who was not afraid to say what needed to be said even if people were not too happy with what they heard, even when it pointed directly at them.  (Sacred Space)

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Reflection for December 15

2021-11-23T15:57:24-06:00December 15th, 2021|Reflections|

John experiences what many of us know. When we take up a cause and become passionate about it and then things do not turn out the way we expected, we begin to doubt ourselves and wonder if we have spent all that time and energy in the wrong place. Listen to God and trust in God’s presence.

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Reflection for December 14

2021-11-23T15:56:26-06:00December 14th, 2021|Reflections|

Saint John of the Cross, pray for us – 

In a dark world, even in a faithless world, in a world torn apart by wars, St. John of the Cross and the prophet Zephaniah turn our attention to God’s faithfulness and the light of Christ shining in the darkness. I pray that Christ’s light will shine in us this day and light the way for others.

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Reflection for December 13

2021-11-23T15:54:53-06:00December 13th, 2021|Reflections|

Saint Lucy, pray for us – 

Neither John nor Jesus enjoyed the endorsement of their time’s educational and religious institutions. But they won a hearing with the common people because of the power of their message and ministry, and their obvious depth of character.

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Reflection for December 12

2021-11-23T15:53:39-06:00December 12th, 2021|Reflections|

Third Sunday of Advent – 

According to John the Baptist, every person was held responsible for his/her own life and how they influenced the world around them. All they needed to do was improve their life and the world in turn would improve. Advent is all about taking responsibility for our own personal life and about growing up spiritually and preparing for Christ’s coming into our life with each new day.

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