God’s creation sings in the ordinary experience of every day, each part of creation a voice in the chorus of worship of our Creator. (Michael Peterson, OSB, musician and chaplain, College of St. Benedict)
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is “thank you”, it will be enough. (German philosopher Meister Eckhart, d. 1328) A little more than a month ago, I read an Advent reflection of Mary deTurris Poust in which she highlighted the importance of daily expressions of gratitude. She suggested writing three … More Gratitude
Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come The glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, And thick clouds cover the peoples But upon you the Lord shines And over you appears his glory. (Isaiah 60:1-2) Today, we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany. Coming toward the end of the … More Seeing and Being the Light
Being still is not necessarily ceasing all activity; it is ceasing to play God by controlling every aspect of life. (Ilia Delio, OSF)
As you celebrate Christmastide with your family, you may want to reflect on one or more of these questions: Q. When has the birth of a child brought joy and gladness to you or those you love? (Luke 1:14) Q. Joseph and Mary had to travel to Joseph’s ancestral home for a census. If you … More Merry Christmas!
O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death. We pray this antiphon on December 21, the day of the shortest daylight hours of the year. LIGHT is a key theme of Advent as we wait for the Light … More Advent — Peace and Justice
If Advent is my favorite church season, then Gaudete Sunday (Third Sunday of Advent) is my favorite day. There is so much PINK and rejoicing. We continue to wait in stillness, yet our waiting is filled with JOY because, as the readings tell us, “the LORD is near.” We wait with Mary, her cousin Elizabeth, … More Advent — Waiting with Joy
Last night, I watched Hallmark’s “A Little Christmas Charm” about the search for the owner of a charm bracelet. The charms on the bracelet had been added one a year for 10 years. The woman who found the bracelet assumed that it meant a lot to the woman who had lost it, and used the … More My Charm Bracelet Memories
Advent is a time of straightening our paths so that we may walk in the light. As with many of you, journeys and paths, and signs and wonders have been recurring themes on my spiritual journey. I often pray for guidance along my path, but I don’t always pay attention to the signs that God … More Advent — Making Paths Straight
Decorations, check! Baking, check! Shopping, check! Christmas cards in the mail, check! Gifts sent, check! Now, all I need is ice skating and a snowball fight and I can star in my own Hallmark movie! Seriously, now I can concentrate on waiting in stillness for the Joy and Peace of Christmas.