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In silence’s emptiness, an openness to receive

In silence’s emptiness, an openness to receive

| Elizabeth Kelly | December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

In my last reflection, I encouraged you to practice some silent prayer this Advent. You may have discovered by now that sometimes that’s a little tough. Maybe you miss the noise, some kind of stimulation. You miss your words, your routine, your rote prayer. When I remove myself from the whir of the world and am left with only myself and the Lord, all that silence can feel a little, well, empty.

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Looking to Mary’s example during Advent

Looking to Mary’s example during Advent

| Kelly Bothum | December 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Patience is like a parking space at the mall on Black Friday — it exists but it sure seems in short supply.

Instead, impatience has become the default. We don’t like waiting for anything — for traffic lights, for weight loss or even commercials that interrupt our favorite shows. Even Christmas trees now come already decorated.

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Silent night: Listening in Advent

Silent night: Listening in Advent

| Elizabeth Kelly | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last October, I took my 82-year-old mom on a silent retreat. The priest who led the weekend told the following story.

He had been teaching second-graders when the subject of prayer arose and he simply asked, “How do you talk to Jesus?” Hands shot up. The first child called upon said, “First, you have to shut up.”

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Advent

Advent

| November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

We don’t like waiting for anything — for traffic lights, for weight loss or even commercials that interrupt our favorite shows.

This contemporary abhorrence of waiting stands in stark contrast to Mary. Her graceful patience is something to consider, especially as Catholics begin the prayerful preparation of Advent.

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Advent: What do we desire?

Advent: What do we desire?

| November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

So what’s our response, as Catholics wishing to celebrate Advent? Not shop? Not read the papers, watch TV or listen to the radio? Not go anywhere?

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Waiting in the midst of a culture that does not want us to wait

Waiting in the midst of a culture that does not want us to wait

| November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you’re old enough to remember Mr. Rogers, whose “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” children’s program ran on public television for years, you may remember his song, “Let’s think of something to do while we’re waiting.”

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Advent Week 4 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 4 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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‘O Antiphons’ praise Christ-child’s attributes during Advent’s last days

‘O Antiphons’ praise Christ-child’s attributes during Advent’s last days

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

An antiphon is a verse or phrase sung or recited aloud or read silently before and after a Psalm or Canticle during the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours. The text is often a direct quote from Scripture, a brief reflection on a Scripture text, or a verse pertaining to the feast day, the liturgical season or the saint of the day.

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Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

| Cindy Wooden | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As Advent got under way, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas.

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Advent Week 3 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 3 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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Give the gift of love

Give the gift of love

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As we shift into Christmas preparation mode, we start to think about what gifts we’ll give our family and friends. But where did the practice of giving gifts at Christmastime come from? What are the spiritual foundations to this long-standing Christmas tradition?

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Advent Week 2 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 2 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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