Looking ahead to 2017…

Some days I can’t believe that 2017 is just around the corner. Other days, it seems like 2017 can’t come fast enough! The past year has been fraught with political divisions in our country, violence around the world and on our streets, and a steady stream of scandals....

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Rejoice!

This Sunday is Gaudete Sunday. The word “gaudete” is Latin for rejoice. It is the Sunday in Advent where we light that very out-of-place pink candle. The pink color is supposed to remind us of the colors of dawn. As Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist,...

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Home for the Holy Days

For many people, the season stretching from Thanksgiving to Christmas is marked by a homecoming. People will ask, “Will you be home for the holidays?” For some of us, home is a fixed place we return to every year. For others of us, home isn’t a specific place but a...

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Advent

In Advent, the shadows lengthen and darkness comes earlier and earlier. We light candles and huddle in the darkness, waiting and watching. We pray and sing songs of longing. We prepare and reflect. Advent is like the pre-morning activity before a big event. We work...

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Giving Thanks

Many recent studies have noted the benefits of being thankful in everyday life. In fact, Amy Morin writing for Forbes magazine compiled a list of the benefits of thankfulness in her article “7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give...

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