Advent: Wednesday, November 30
Posted on November 30, 2016

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come out like gold. – Job 23:10

It is this kind of faith we need in order to find our way to Bethlehem. We are never far from the
eyes of God, even though we don’t physically perceive that. Job is the persistent optimist who believes it. What a faith model he is for each of us.

Let’s look today in prayer at the false phrase that “seeing is believing”. What do I need to do to live in a clearer faith?

Advent: Tuesday, November 29
Posted on November 29, 2016

If I go forward, he is not there; or backward, I cannot perceive him. – Job 23:8

We all have days when our spiritual GPS sputters to a halt and we are lost. The words of Job ring so true. There are times when we seem paralyzed by our inability to see. God is asking only one step at a time, one pace forward with trust that he has not abandoned us.

We pray this day for the faith to be that kind of traveler.

Advent: Monday, November 28
Posted on November 28, 2016

“Take nothing for your journey.” – Luke 9:3

This advice which Jesus gave his first disciples applies to our Advent journey too. What can we bring that is packable? He will need nothing tangible from us. He will ask that we come with willing hearts, ready for the rigors of the trek and docile to the graces waiting for those who travel.

In order to kneel humbly before him at the end of this trip what changes do I need to make in how I approach each day. Am I willing, reluctant to face the new, patient with others...? What comes to the fore?

Advent: Sunday, November 27
Posted on November 27, 2016

But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel. – Micah 5:2

Let us put our destination front and center. We are not heading to the bright lights of a bustling city, but to a town almost unknown to history. However, we set our sights on it, despite its lack of fame. Many of the great cities have disappeared through the course of history, but little Bethlehem stirs in the heart of every Christian.

Let us take a moment to reflect on greatness as the world knows it and as God perceives it.

Bethlehem Beckons
Posted on November 22, 2016

Each Advent we find ourselves in this same place: about to seek a tiny town we do not know and to start a long journey in order to understand the incredible plan of God who wanted to come among us. And yet, each year, we return there. Why?

Out of Breath
Posted on November 15, 2016

Living as we do in an ever-shifting landscape, do you ever feel that you need to stop and catch your breath? However, life doesn’t allow that, so we can only point out some breathless moments on our horizons.

Today Is Election Day
Posted on November 8, 2016

No matter what our political affiliations, we, I think, will all be glad when the current campaigning comes to an end tonight. Whether local, state or national votes are being cast, it does seem as if someone has been running for office forever, doesn’t it?

She Was Right
Posted on November 1, 2016

Of course she was, but I had never doubted her word. At a recent lecture, Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, theologian, suggested that those looking for further material on our earth, climate change and their challenges go to the Science Section of the NY TIMES. She could not have been more correct.