Category Archives: Advent

“The Holy Family” & Ours

A terrible blow to families and psychology happened in the 1980’s when the word “dysfunctional” became vogue when applied to families. Lots of books sold and lots of talks, especially in our family on how we became this word. Every other … Continue reading

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“Keep Your Fork,” Christmas Reflection

God sent His Son, His only Son to bring the world redemption through love, mercy, and hope. We acknowledge and honor that great event once again. God did a pretty good job, don’t you think? Jesus did a pretty good … Continue reading

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“Behold,” Fourth Sunday of Advent

“Behold.” The word says what it all. Underused, but colorfully trustworthy. The curtain’s been lifted. There are no strings attached. There is no agenda. The package has arrived. The fat lady just sang. The boat’s docked. The alarm went off. … Continue reading

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“Rejoice,” Third Sunday in Advent

Isaiah, “I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul…” St. Paul, “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Brothers and sisters: Rejoice always. Pray … Continue reading

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First Sunday of Advent

“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work, and … Continue reading

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Advent Theme: “Do Your Homework”

Jesus says, “Be prepared and stay awake because we know neither the day nor the hour.” Walking home from grade school there was no backpack for me. It wasn’t invented yet for children, just for military soldiers. For me it … Continue reading

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God, Jr.

There are probably worst things in the world but that list would have to include being named after your father, as in ”Junior.” You don’t believe me?  Just think of poor Frank Sinatra,… Jr.  I can rest my case. This … Continue reading

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Scrooge: P,P&F

Pretend to be Scrooge for a few paragraphs.  Put on his heavy, black coat, sleeping cap and one faintly lit candle and seat in a dank room with a smoldering fire facing you. All right, don’t pretend; it’s not very … Continue reading

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Advent’s Inventory

Every grocery and department store knows exactly how much they have on display, in the back or awaiting arrival.  “A dollar is a dollar” and that hula hoop just doesn’t seem to be selling any longer. Advent is about collecting … Continue reading

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Advent: Joseph

The third starring character in our salvation story had the easiest job.  There were no lines to memorize or standing on marks to get the lights just right before filming begins.  Joseph just needed to be there.  He says nothing … Continue reading

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