Somebody’s Knocking At Your Door

When I went to Mass yesterday morning, our priest asked for a show of hands from everyone who felt they were all prepared for Christmas. I raised my hand. Then he led everyone in prayer, suggesting that everyone spend a few moments of quiet time to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us if […]

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Here I Am, I’ve Come to Do Your Will

Today is the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, and in two days, we will celebrate the arrival of our Savior here on earth. God in the flesh came to us 2,018 years ago—to save us from our sins. That is the Good News! It is easy to think of Advent as a brief time […]

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Jesus Loves YOU!

This morning, I got up early again and wrote a couple of daily scriptural guides for Liturgical Press on God’s mercy. Right after I put the period on the last sentence, I received a random direct message from a priest based in Rome who I follow on Twitter. I have never heard from him directly […]

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A Miraculous Family Tree

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 Out of all the readings in Advent, the genealogy of Jesus is one that many people find a little boring. Some question why we bother reading it at […]

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Fully Human, Fully Divine

I work part time at a church supply store, and when I was standing behind the counter yesterday, an elderly woman with a portable shopping cart walked in to look at a gold and white Star of Bethlehem banner hanging in the window. She stood gazing up at the star for a few moments, and […]

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What Are You Opening for Christmas?

My fiancé and I had decided not to exchange presents this year, but all that changed the other day when we each acknowledged that we needed a couple of things. He found a hat that he liked, so I grabbed it from his hands before he could get to the checkout line with it and […]

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This Little Light of Mine

No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew  5:15 Last Sunday at Mass, the choir sang a beautiful version of This Little Light of Mine, with the addition of “Jesus gave it to me.” […]

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Let It Be Done to Me

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”  Luke 1:38 It is these words of Mary that changed the course of human history forever. With her ‘yes’, she made it possible for God to visit us in the flesh, in the form of Jesus. And […]

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How to Eliminate Anxiety

Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 I don’t know about you, but I still struggle with worry and […]

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Giving the Gift of Presence

When I went to visit my mom in the nursing home this week, O Come, O Come Emmanuel was piping through the intercom. Garlands and Christmas ornaments were hanging from the ceiling, the Christmas tree was up in the visiting room, and the nurses were doing their best to make things a bit merrier for […]

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