Monthly Archives: December 2010

Scripture readings – Sunday, January 2nd

Feast of the Epiphany Searching. Seeking. Wondering. Worshiping. Matthew’s story of the Magi’s visit (2:1-12) is a wonderful allegory for spiritual pilgrimage.  It also offers a sharp contrast between true and false pilgrimage. First, let’s look at the good guys.  As … Continue reading

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Scripture reflections – Sunday December 26th

Feast of the Holy Family Sirach 3:2-6; 12-14 – Col 3:12-21 – Mt 2:13-15; 19-23 As is appropriate for this particular feast, the readings focus on essential qualities for maintaining a healthy and happy family life. This is true whether we’re speaking … Continue reading

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Sacramental fossils – 4

These days in my workshop I’m cleaning up a piece of limestone that I collected outside of Schoharie, NY.  If you look at the top of it, you can’t help but notice how flat and smooth it is. Why? Look … Continue reading

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Gospel reflections – Dec. 16th (Mt 1:18-24)

Fourth Sunday of Advent In the opening verses of his letter to the Romans, Paul reminds the Romans that all those who place their faith in in the risen Christ are “called to be holy”.  What does holiness look like? … Continue reading

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Wonder

I had an interesting day yesterday (Tuesday).  In the morning as I was getting ready to leave for work I picked up the change on the countertop and began to put it into my pocket.  A strange looking penny caught … Continue reading

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Gospel reflections: Sunday December 12th (Mt 11: 2-11)

3rd Sunday in Advent I remember hearing once about a certain kind of desert flower in Israel that has adapted to the dry climate by going into extended hibernation.  As soon as any kind of significant rain falls upon these flowers, however, immediately … Continue reading

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The Empty Manger

It’s a Catholic custom not to place the statue of the baby Jesus in the Nativity Scene under the tree or on the grounds of the parish until Christmas.  I never really gave this custom much thought until this year. … Continue reading

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