“When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: To Honor The Innocents
“God, who has no History because He is eternal, desired to make History by walking alongside His people…He decided to become one of us, and as one of us, to walk with us through Jesus.” Pope Francis (Sept. 24, 2013, Catholic News Agency) In this quote, Pope Francis looks at the historicity of the gospels… Continue reading Revelation and Purpose: The Infancy Narratives
This fourth week of Advent bears thoughts of an expectant Mary, awaiting the arrival of her son, with hope and joy. May we too bear joy and anticipation of the birth of our Savior and carry forth his love in all that we do! The Visitation of Mary & Elizabeth Pregnant Mary Peace,
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 Throughout the accounts of the nativity story we encounter God working the extraordinary amidst the ordinary. Today, I find myself accompanying the shepherds in their journey this advent, beside the… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: The Shepherds’ Journey
o·be·di·ence noun compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another's authority compliance, acquiescence, tractability, amenability; Truthfully when we hear the word obedience it is not well received. In part because it requires another less desired virtue, that of humility. And yet when we take time to reflect on advent the models of obedience witnessed… Continue reading Joseph: Examen-ing Obedience
Advent is a time to prepare yet also to discern where we are being led towards. The journey that Joseph and Mary were to make from Nazareth to Bethlehem, by many accounts, was not a fairytale but fraught with much danger, miserable weather, and challenges. Even in the best of health, this undertaking would have… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Where Are We Headed This Advent?
This post begins with a confession of sorts. I am a checklist enthusiast. With each item and chore checked off, comes a corresponding feeling of accomplishment. Not to mention that should I neglect to make a list, I am prone to amble aimlessly as a boat without a rudder. Advent is a particular challenge in that… Continue reading Checklist..or Grace Missed?
Psalm 130:5-6 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. This Advent, I begin again by asking myself a seemingly simple question.. What am I truly waiting for? And while expectantly awaiting the answer,… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: The Wit & Wisdom of Waiting
I have always loved to sing. Whether acapella or accompanied , in the shower, car or kitchen..music carries me through even the smallest of duties. Though my voice is nothing extraordinary, it has purpose and passion in every note and tune carried. It takes heart that when it is lifted in praise to its Creator that truly… Continue reading This Advent: Sing with Me