Ideas for Observing Advent

We are in the first week of Advent. Already! The word advent means “coming,” and during Advent we reflect on and prepare for the three comings of Christ: in history in Bethlehem, in mystery every day in the Eucharist and in others, and in majesty at the end of time. While engaged in the flurry…

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Gifts and Givers

A very merry Christmas! May you celebrate Christmas heartily despite Covid! As we exchange presents this year, let’s remember that the best gift we’ve received is the gift found in the manger in Bethlehem. And as Fr. Tom Fanta once pointed out to the children of St. Dominic School, God wrapped his gift in a…

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Season of Love: Divine Intimacy

As promised, here is the first chapter of my book “A Love Affair with God: Twelve Traits.” Merry Christmas! 1 An Unlikely Couple To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him, the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement. ~ St. Augustine Do you ever lie awake at…

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God’s Amazing Love at Christmas: Divine Intimacy

Christmas is a celebration of God’s love: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” Just in time for Christmas I finished writing “A Love Affair with God: Twelve Traits.” Although one publisher considered the book “too romantic,” I was guided by St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila,…

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Ideas for Safe Celebrating

This year we are challenged to keep in touch with family and friends in meaningful ways in order to celebrate our holidays. My friend Roman Vaynshtok, founder of the Peace and Balance Reiki Center, emailed me the following suggestions that you might wish to adopt. Holidays ideas during the pandemic. First things are first. There…

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Christmas Musings

Mary Christmas and a Happy New Year! Here is a Christmas gift for you: Two reflections from my book Heart to Heart with Mary: Love Made Flesh December 24 My child, some things are so awesome that words fail us. Imagine what it was like to hold my newborn son in my arms knowing he…

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A Cat Christmas Story

In a Christmas letter this year, a friend whose pet cat had died recounted how she noticed a calico cat roaming her property. It was “small, skinny, and timid.” She didn’t take it into her house but let it return to the woods. Regularly the cat came around, and the woman brought it lunch by…

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Christmas Greetings: God’s Love Gift

May you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!  During these days of Christmas you might ponder this: God so loved me that he sent his only Son so that I may not perish but have eternal life. (adapted from John 3:16) My gift to you … https://binged.it/2EFSIxn  

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Advent Is Coming!

Our Blessed Mother is an ideal companion as we live through the days of Advent, which this year begins Sunday, December 2. For four weeks we wait for her Son, but Mary waited for nine months! Imagine what that time must have been like for her. She had never been a mother before, and hers…

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About Prayer: A Video Christmas Gift

Here is a Christmas gift for you!  My nephew Andy videotaped my presentation on prayer that I gave at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst library on December 1.  If you have time, you might enjoy watching it. Before I began, I asked the audience to state their name and their favorite prayer or favorite way of praying.…

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