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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Taking time to pray during the Christmas Season…

From the Liturgy of the Hours: Let us pray to Christ in whom all things are restored by the Father’s will. – Most loving Son of God, hear our prayer. Son of God, in the fulness of time you became … Continue reading

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Are you wise?

Wise Men, Return to the World …we are like the 3 Wise Men who journeyed to Jesus. Now, like those Wise Men, we return to the world from which we came, to the everyday life where we will witness to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Jesus!

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And … Continue reading

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel…

The O Antiphons for December 23rd: O Emmanuel (O God with us) “O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God! “ The seven “O Antiphons” … Continue reading

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O Come, Lord Jesus…

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!   The coming of Christ is fast approaching… The Church offers us many opportunities & resources to prepare.  Have you … Continue reading

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Come, Lord Jesus…

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God!   Christmas fast approaches, take  sometime today to reflect on God’s law.  How can His law help make our society a better place to live?  … Continue reading

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Come, Lord Jesus…

December 19 O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all his people: come to save us without delay! Speaking of John the Baptist:  But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer … Continue reading

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O Come Lord Jesus – Leader of the House of Israel…

December 18 O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: come to rescue us with your mighty power!     Reflection:  What is it that we need rescued from?  From ourselves? From bad … Continue reading

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The O Antiphons… Come, Lord Jesus!

The Catholic Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the 8th century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23.  They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery … Continue reading

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God is…

Turn to Me and be safe, all you ends of the earth, for I am God; there is no other! (Isaiah 45:22) Reflection We need to be reminded, just like the Israelite people in the desert who built a golden … Continue reading

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