Archive for December 2012

Twelve Things I Wish I Knew at Twenty-Five and My New Year's Resolutions

Reading Fr. Martin’s list (below) got me thinking about my own life.  I, too, reached a milestone this year.  I’m just a little older (cough!) than Father and my life certainly took a different path than his. When I was twenty-five I was somewhere between an agnostic and an atheist depending on the day.  I... Read more »

The Feast of the Holy Family

My daughter startled me with this question the other day:  “Do you think our family is different because of our faith?” I was startled because I wasn’t expecting it and also because I knew exactly what she meant.  She knows a lot of young people who don’t get along with their parents and their family... Read more »

A Piece of the Sky

“Watch, he cried.  “Watch.”  He looked up through the skylight. I looked.  It was nothing much, a bright square of blue sky with strings of cloud slipping across it. “Isn’t that glorious?  At night I lie here and watch the stars fill the frame.  One of these nights the moon will be there for me.... Read more »

The Feast of the Holy Innocents: Remembering Newtown, Connecticut

“The peace of Bethlehem was shattered by the cries of the slaughtered children and the weeping of their mothers.  The peace of the world was shattered by the single cry from the cross.  Yet through that death and mourning, peace was reborn, indestructible now, in the Resurrection of the slain Christ.” – from today’s Magnificat magazine... Read more »

The Day After Christmas

I know.  It’s two days after Christmas, but the day after Christmas has become significant for me. Since I went back to work five years ago, going to work the day after Christmas seems like the worst possible idea ever.  Seriously.  Who does that?  Well probably most of the working world and I think it... Read more »

Christmas Day and the Emergency Room

On Christmas day no one plans on going to the Emergency Room.  But I guess that’s why it’s called the Emergency Room. Number One son cut his finger.  Cut it bad.  On Sunday.  I had no idea he had done it and by Christmas morning, he was in pain and frustrated at his own efforts... Read more »

Joy to the World!

Merry Christmas and may God bless you, your family and friends abundantly! [AC] Worship Fully – Joy To The World from Advent Conspiracy on Vimeo.

Silent Night/Noche de Paz

Andrea Bocelli’s beautiful version of Silent Night. Merry Christmas everyone!

Reflections on Christmas Eve

I was thinking of Christmas Eves’ past.  Sometimes the evening would be a flurry of activity.  As our children grew older, it got quieter. Our tradition was to only open gifts on Christmas morning. The only thing that remains the same is my thoughts.  I would eventually go to bed and lay there.  Like a... Read more »

A Sure Sign of Hope

Mary takes center stage these last few days before the birth of Jesus.  That’s the way it is when a woman is expecting a baby at any moment.  After that, well, it’s all about the baby! The mother of the child is the hope and the promise of what’s to come. Mary said yes to... Read more »