Merry Christmas: the story in the world’s heart

Re-blogged from December 24, 2015. The Holy Family in a creche scene in Greccio, Italy, 2014. Photo by Julia Walsh FSPA There is an ancient story that is our common heartbeat. It speaks to us, deeply, quietly and simply; its whispers are heard in the rhythms of our ordinary lives, in between the rushing activityContinue reading “Merry Christmas: the story in the world’s heart”

Thanks for giving, not shopping

Happy Thanksgiving! During this time when we pause to give thanks in the USA, I take this Scripture seriously: In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. –1 Thessalonians 5:18 But, the truth is, gratitude is only some of what is stirring in my heart. IContinue reading “Thanks for giving, not shopping”

A “woke” Joseph and the great Christmas challenge

Merry Christmas! With the birth of Christ, we’ve entered into the season of the Incarnation. The arrival of the Incarnation is God-made-flesh and dwelling among us as a babe long ago and God’s powerful presence active in each ordinary moment. God is near, God is here: peer into the humble love revealed among the heartaches,Continue reading “A “woke” Joseph and the great Christmas challenge”

Fear, darkness, and Advent

Lately a certain Gospel instruction is has been grinding challenge into my life, really giving my heart a doozy of a talking to. Jesus says it a lot, in many different ways: Do not be afraid. (Luke 1:30; Mark 5:36; Mark 6:50) Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? (Matthew 6:27)Continue reading “Fear, darkness, and Advent”

To honor Baby Jesus

Merry Christmas!! I have an invitation for you this week. Let us all enter into the story of Christmas and consider the amazing Truth: our God humbly, beautifully, became one of us. We, as a humanity, have never been the same since. The Incarnation really changed everything. Now, we are people of the New Covenant, thisContinue reading “To honor Baby Jesus”

A stinky stable and the giving and receiving of Christmas

“Salvation came to us from the “yes” uttered by a lowly maiden from a small town on the fringes of a great empire. The Saviour was born in a manger, in the midst of animals.”                                        Continue reading “A stinky stable and the giving and receiving of Christmas”

Advent is drawing to a close

By guest blogger: Amy Nee Advent is drawing to a close, Christmas is almost upon us.  Once again, I feel that the days have passed all too quickly.  I seem to have been too busy to attend to advent. Now Christmas Day is around the corner and I have this uneasy feeling that I’ve missedContinue reading “Advent is drawing to a close”

a couple Advent reminders

Let’s not forget what the rituals of the season are all about. We must remember that the point of it all is the birth of baby Jesus. And, the story of baby Jesus teaches us how to love. Happy Advent! Have fun loving your neighbor as you get ready to worship and celebrate!