Immaculate Conception
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As we move through the scripture readings for Advent the theme of waiting shifts from a general anticipation of Jesus’ second coming to a more immanent one in the incarnation.  That immanent reality gets a jump start on December 8th when we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception.  It is here that we pause…

We have arrived at the end of the liturgical year with the feast of Christ the King.  Advent and our preparation for Christmas soon follows.  Today’s feast deals with the end of time when Christ will come again in his glory for the final judgment.  The readings employ the image of God as a shepherd…

Fear is a natural human component of life.  It can help us remain safe and keep us from unnecessarily exposing ourselves to harm and direct us on paths of constructive living.  But some fears do not keep us safe.  Some fears hold us back and lead us on paths that are not life giving. Matthew’s…

Oil

Oil is a great commodity which is used in many ways in our lives.  Plant based oil is used in our kitchens, beauty products, lotions, and “crude” oil is used for fuel.  You could say it “brightens” our lives in many ways. In Matthew’s parable of the ten virgins, oil is a central piece of…

Honor is something humans naturally seek.  Honor is a state of dignity in which people give you respect.  The respect is given as a result of the integrity that flows from the individual.  Honor then is something earned based on the experience of an individual’s behavior.  A person of honor is one who looks out…

Most of us are familiar with the phrase, there are “two sides to the same coin.”  It indicates a difference, as one side is not like the other.  The recognition of the coin’s two sides in that saying is used to illustrate an “either/or” nature within our choices.  It is indicative of a certain dualism…

Most of us have been to a banquet of some kind in our lives, whether for recognition of someone professionally, through our child’s school, at a wedding feast or at our own CMOQ Homecoming celebration.  Webster describes a banquet as; “a sumptuous feast; an elaborate and often ceremonious meal.” Most of us enjoy being invited…

The news about the mass shooting in Las Vegas last weekend was disturbing news to receive to say the least.  Every time there is an occurrence of this type, my heart breaks.  It raises the question of why?  Why do these people do this?  Why are people led to make these terribly destructive choices?  Not…

What happens when someone forgives you?  What is your reaction?  Is it relief? Humility?  Gratitude or something else?  Being the recipient of forgiveness from someone can move us to a different place, can broaden our empathy for others, can make our hearts more loving.  It feels good to receive such forgiveness and is something we…

Anyone who has cared for children knows that tough love is an essential element for their well-being.  I once heard one parent say, “My role is not to be my child’s friend, but rather to guide them into making the right decisions.”  Tough love has applications beyond childhood, but is important there are it helps…

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