Why Advent

Monday, December 3rd, 2018 Posted in writing | No Comments »

Advent is the season when we prepare to celebrate the great feast of Christmas, and it does so in at least three ways. First of all, it reminds us to slow down. Advent is not a season for frantic running around, ...

Receiving the Gift

Thursday, December 10th, 2015 Posted in writing | No Comments »

Christmas, which will be here in a couple of weeks, is not only about giving gifts; it is also about receiving them. We’ve probably all heard that it is more blessed to give than to receive. St. Paul attributes these ...

Three Advent Companions

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 Posted in writing | No Comments »

Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary are three Advent companions to whom we can pay attention as we prepare for Christmas. Isaiah, in the central part of the book that bears his name, told the people that God would be with ...

100% Good News?

Monday, December 8th, 2014 Posted in writing | No Comments »

The Messiah is coming! That's the good news of Advent. But when he comes we can presume things won't stay the same, and that can be a bit unsettling. So, we might ask ourselves, as we prepare for Jesus' coming, ...

A Starbucks Advent Thought

Friday, December 6th, 2013 Posted in writing | 1 Comment »

This past week I was at Starbucks when it occurred to me that every one of us in that coffee shop shared something in common, for if St. Augustine was right, we all have a longing for God. Whether ...