Seasons

  • "The Children of Israel yearned for the Messiah. Though they had the Law they did not yet have the Word. They waited in patient expectation."

  • "Advent is a time of anticipation and of memory; the perfect time to reflect on the true meaning of the season of JOY!"

  • "Advent is known as a time of preparation for the Coming of the Lord. As Christians we celebrate the birth of He who would clean and cleanse this lowly world."   

  • "Trust in the constancy of God’s gifting of God’s very Self to the world. The kind of trust to which Thomas Keating referred when he wrote: “when you trust that we are all part of something beautiful beyond our wildest imagination, you will find healing”."

  • "Would we be able to hear John the Baptist today? Are we able to hear the prophetic characters in our culture and era? Are we able to open our ears and hearts, to really and truly hear the cries of people such as John? "

  • For today's poet, Advent has provided us with a list of Advent metaphors.

  • An original 0 antiphon. The O Antiphons, also known as The great Os are Magnificat antiphons used at Vespers of the last seven days of Advent in Western Christian traditions. They are also used as the Alleluia verses on the same days in the post-1970 form of the Catholic Mass.

  • "Advent teaches us about patience and hope, the foundations of faith. Advent is the kindling of faith. A sign, a star, appeared in the east and the Magi went on a quest to find and hail this new Saviour, becoming the first in a long line of sinners to “find Jesus”."

  • Advent is - for this one person - a time of thanking God and memories.

  • "Soon, a joyful feast will mark the reality that heaven came to earth that first Christmas. Until then, some traditional practices can help you get ready to celebrate."

  • "Advent’s wakefulness is not mere a movement in our hearts. It must make us alert to all that is happening around us. "

  • "The contemplation on Christ the King is a wonderful exercise which makes abundant use of the imagination in inviting us to pray with our dreams to do great things in the name of God."

  • "By commemorating our faithful departed at the daily Mass, we are acknowledging the same thing – that they are present to us, in a new way."

  • "Whatever their quirks or oddities, it is helpful for us to know that there is a special saint who knows precisely what we struggle with."

  • "Many successful women and men show us that our life path doesn’t have to be dull or achieved by just-falling-into-something. Donna Strickland shows us that it starts with our passions and dreams."

  • "We are celebrating Thanksgiving Day. It's a day to focus on gratitude. But it's not the only day for us to live that attitude."

  • On this feast of the Canadian Martyrs, Raj offers a reflection he will share with the students at St. Bons.

  • "And my decision to remain in the priesthood, with all of its sinfulness and imperfections, is that I witness over and over the good that happens to people who benefit from the ministry of women and men in the church."

  • "Ignatius of Loyola saw interior movements in a person as being at the heart of his discernment techniques. He would not trust stasis."

  • "Labour Day has been an official holiday in Canada since 1894, though its origins date from before that. Its roots are in the labour union movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. That neat threefold division is laughable in our contempora

  • " ...that general advice about being kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving is not bad advice for our personal and workplace relationships."

  • " find up here the same longing and hunger that brings others to retreats at spirituality centres. It’s a longing for peace, healed relationships, personal spiritual strength to handle difficult situations, and wisdom to make prudent decisions."

  • "To sit outside dressed in clerical attire is an invitation to conversation with visitors, many of them of a spiritual nature. "

  • A spring day at the English Garden in Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, inspired this canticle from the poet/

  • "Cardinal Nguyen was simply trying to be a Christian in a Communist country in the twentieth century."

  • "Whenever I am asked what I am most grateful for as a Jesuit and a priest, I immediately reflect on the freedom that I sometimes have the privilege of seeing in others through my ministry. "

  • “Mary is the mother of the members of Christ, because with charity she cooperated in the rebirth of the faithful into the Church.”

  • At the time of our Confirmation, we hear reference to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. This is a traditional list that comes from the early church. The seven are good to reflect on from time to time.

  • "Ramadan is a required observance for most Muslims, taking believers on a path to righteousness."

  • This post is longer than our usual posts. Lent and Easter are both long gone. Yet one person's experience of a social media fast is important and worth reading. Reposted with permission from Neo(un)Orthodoxy.

  • "The Ascension does not mark the end of Jesus’ relationship with the church but the beginning of a new way of his relating to the world through the church."

  • "Easter is a time to celebrate God’s love for us, a love that He definitively proves in the death and resurrection of His Son. We mediate that love to each other in our family. God calls us to reflect it to the world."

  • "In my new work with migrants and refugees, Pope Francis says each of us, individually and communally, is responsible to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate them. Don’t these four active verbs also apply to those with HIV or AIDS and their people, the infected and the affected?"

  • "Easter grace is elusive and hard to pin down. ...... It’s important to let the Resurrection’s grace do what it did for the disciples heading to Emmaus: Let it set our hearts on fire!"

  • A sonnet for the Easter Vigil.

  • A sonnet for Good Friday.

  • A sonnet for Holy Thursday.

  • "Most of us are probably too busy to spend all of our time in Holy Week in the manner we’d like. How can we heighten our sense of being immersed with the suffering, death and Resurrection of Jesus?"

  • "It’s good for us to ask what our true expectations are for this week. What are our deepest desires as we enter through this day’s doorway to Holy Week?"

  • On this vigil of the Feast of the Annunciation, some thoughts for consideration.

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