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Tagged: Advent

Advent Reflection: Yes to Grace

In the world of improv comedy, there is a practice called “yes-and.” In an improv session, if something strange or shocking or difficult to understand is mooted, the next person in the session does not resist or attempt to backpedal...

Advent Reflection: Yes to Grace

Advent Reflection: John the Baptist’s Joy

Whereas the lectionary readings for the two previous Sundays have contained dire warnings about what is in store for us all if we fail to adequately prepare for Christ’s coming, today’s readings leaven these warnings with joy, a foretaste of...

Advent Reflection: John the Baptist’s Joy

Advent Reflection: In Danger

Advent, and thus the liturgical year, begins with a whole flurry of liturgical readings, spiritual devotions, and popular hymns referring to concepts like “captive Israel” and “the curse of the Law.” In the New Testament’s theological and cultural language these...

Advent Reflection: In Danger

Evangelization Consummates with Encounter

Evangelization is a term that is oftentimes misunderstood, taken to mean the desire to conform another’s will to our own, rather than lovingly introducing those we meet to Christ and the love he offers to all. So often throughout the...

Evangelization Consummates with Encounter

Advent and disquiet of the heart

“I often find myself longing for a presence, but more than that something tangible. No matter how many times I read the bible, pray, and go to Sunday school I still feel unconnected and lost. Sometimes I get the feeling...

Advent and disquiet of the heart

The Lord has not forgotten you

The Advent and Christmas seasons are emotionally impactful for me, even more than Lent and Easter. How can this be? Lent prepares us for Christ’s Passion and on Easter we celebrate his Resurrection. It is when we celebrate how he...

The Lord has not forgotten you

The Other Side of The Good News

“Most people are good,” I reassured my three-year-old son who was convinced that a stranger was about to harm me. Over the past few weeks, the toll that the pandemic has taken on his social-emotional development is becoming more apparent:...

The Other Side of The Good News

The God of Small Things

A reflection on the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent — December 19, 2021 (Click here for audio) The Beacons of Light initiative here in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has been a needed but complex and challenging process. Speaking personally,...

The God of Small Things