Waiting with Hope

Advent emphasizes themes of BEING ALERT, WAITING, and HOPE. How hard we find it to wait – in slow-moving traffic, in lines at the bank or grocery store, for an anticipated check in the mail. Here’s what I have been pondering during this first week of Advent. We read in Luke’s Gospel: Be alert at … More Waiting with Hope

Light in Our Darkness

Although the season of Advent begins only tomorrow, I am already well into the season: I am listening to my favorite album, Adviento by Jaime Cortez. The last selection of the album is especially appropriate to the Advent theme of LIGHT: “Luz del Mundo”. The composer sings it in both Spanish and English. I have … More Light in Our Darkness

Working for Justice and Peace – Fourth Week of Advent

On Thursday, we concluded our four-week program on Advent: Wondering in Stillness, Walking in the Light, Waiting with Joy, and Working for Justice and Peace. As with the previous weeks, this is not so much a reflection as an outline of our final session. Opening Prayer Open with “We Are the Light of the World” … More Working for Justice and Peace – Fourth Week of Advent

Maranatha

The countdown has begun! In the church year, the final week before Christmas is celebrated with special prayers, called O Antiphons. They are prayed one each day at Mass and during Vespers in the Liturgy of the Hours. They cover the special period of Advent preparation known as the Octave before Christmas, December 17-24. The … More Maranatha

A Voice Cries Out

During Advent, we read from the Book of Isaiah – a lot. One of the more familiar passages is the first reading for tomorrow — Tuesday in the Second Week of Advent. It is Isaiah 40:1-11. If you are familiar with this reading, you will probably be humming one or more hymns before you reach … More A Voice Cries Out