December 2019

Reflection for December 8

2019-11-18T21:41:17-06:00December 8th, 2019|Reflections|

Second Sunday of Advent – 

The only way to prepare for Christ’s coming into our life now or at the hour of our death is to face the facts about ourselves and make the necessary changes while we still have time. Life is short. Let us try to do our best to live together in peace.

Reflection for December 7

2019-11-18T21:39:38-06:00December 7th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Ambrose – 

We easily can buy into the old expression, “if it’s going to be, it’s up to me”. However, the first task in our lives as disciples and followers of the Lord is prayer. Even when the work and the demands overwhelm us, our life and the work we are doing is the Lord’s work. It is the Lord who works in us and through us.

Reflection for December 6

2019-11-18T21:38:37-06:00December 6th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Nicholas – 

When you are in traffic today, as a pedestrian, a driver, or in public transportation, use the time, which so often seems “a waste” to pray for those you see, the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the healthy and the sick, the smiling and the sad looking. They, together with you, are traveling the road that leads to the house of the Lord.

Reflection for December 5

2019-11-18T21:36:46-06:00December 5th, 2019|Reflections|

Take time not only to “say” prayers to God today but try to listen to his voice and what he would say to you. Become conscious of the sounds of nature — a bird singing, water falling against rocks, the wind in the trees, and listen, really listen, to another today. You may discover the quiet, whispered voice of the Spirit in the thoughts and words of someone you thought you knew.

Reflection for December 4

2019-11-18T21:36:02-06:00December 4th, 2019|Reflections|

St. John Damascene – 

There is a story about a young boy who shined shoes to help earn money for his family. One day a man drove up to the street corner where the boy shined shoes. The man was driving a beautiful, expensive red sports car. The boy shined his shoes, then walked with the man as he returned to the sports car. The boy’s eyes grew large as he drew near the car, and he said, “Where did you get that car?” The man told him that his brother had given him the car. The boy whistled, and then said, “I hope someday I can buy my brother a car like that!”

Reflection for December 3

2019-11-18T21:34:56-06:00December 3rd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Francis Xavier – 

The Scriptures never stop reminding us that we’ve got to keep working at making Isaiah’s vision a reality. The next time you feel a judgment welling up in your mind, at the very least; take time to think about it before you voice it. Ask yourself what Isaiah or Jesus might have to say about it. Ask what’s influencing your opinions. It’s not enough to have knowledge alone. We need to strive to be filled with the knowledge of the Lord.

Reflection for December 2

2019-11-18T21:33:07-06:00December 2nd, 2019|Reflections|

In Advent we trust that God is working in the world to make his desires known among us. With Isaiah, we long for the day when God disrupts a world of violence and re­veals a world of peace. The centurion was a man of great hope and incredible faith. Advent reminds us that this is how we are to live regardless of the sufferings of this present moment

Reflection for December 1

2019-11-18T21:31:43-06:00December 1st, 2019|Reflections|

First Sunday of Advent – 

Beginning on this first Sunday of Advent, we have another opportunity to renew our lives and rediscover Jesus in the ordinariness of our lives. It is well and good for us to anticipate the coming of Jesus at the end of the world. But in the meantime, we would do well to look for him in our ordinary living.

November 2019

Reflection for November 30

2019-10-17T14:33:30-05:00November 30th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Andrew – 

We hear very little about Andrew but what we do here is how he was always bringing others to Jesus. What about all of us who have been baptized as followers of Jesus Christ? Are we bringing others to Jesus by how we live our baptism each day? Are other people’s lives changed because of how we live our faith?

Reflection for November 29

2019-10-17T14:31:54-05:00November 29th, 2019|Reflections|

The Lord reminds us that through all change we need to hold onto his words which will not pass away. And thus, we wrap up another liturgical year. This weekend we will begin a new year of grace. I pray that it will be a fresh start for all of us and a new year of great blessing as we continue our journey.