Advent, Embracing the Ordinary, Uncategorized

This Advent: Clean House!

You may have heard the expression that "cleanliness is next to Godliness" and without a doubt this would not be a beloved mantra by most. Yesterday just so happened to be my opportunity to catch up on all the neglected household chores of the week. From the kitchen to the bathrooms, floors and counter tops,… Continue reading This Advent: Clean House!

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Revelation and Purpose: The Infancy Narratives

“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

Advent, Examen

Joseph: Examen-ing Obedience

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, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting: Where Are We Headed This Advent?

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?

Advent, Spiritual Direction

Checklist..or Grace Missed?

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?


Do Not Fear:The Shepherds’ Journey

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 Do Not Fear:The Shepherds’ Journey


Worth Revisiting: Go Light the World!

'Being Christian is a gift that makes us go forward with the power of the Spirit in the proclamation of Jesus Christ." And "baptism is enough, it is sufficient to evangelize," to preach Christ even amidst persecution or when one lives in insecurity.' Pope Francis, Vatican City Apr 17, 2013 As a Catholic, few can say… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Go Light the World!