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Advent week three: Answering the call to joy

Advent week three: Answering the call to joy

| December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

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Advent week three: ‘I shall say it again: Rejoice!’

Advent week three: ‘I shall say it again: Rejoice!’

| Harry J. Dudley | December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

What I love about the Advent season is that it captures the mixed reality of our lives. Our moments of joy and sorrow are often closely woven together.

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Advent week two — Reading the Advent season through nature

Advent week two — Reading the Advent season through nature

| Nancy de Flon | December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Advent is a season of expectation, of waiting for promises to be fulfilled — God’s promises, to our Israelite ancestors in the faith and to us. Isaiah promises the birth of a child named Emmanuel, “God with us.”

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Advent week two: Four ways to be more attentive this Advent

Advent week two: Four ways to be more attentive this Advent

| Father Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr. | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Be watchful!” and “Be alert!” are two traditional spiritual commands often heard by Catholics during the Advent season in preparation for the birth of Christ at Christmas. To the contemporary Catholic, they can also present somewhat of a conundrum.

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Three Advent traditions to slow you down

Three Advent traditions to slow you down

| Shemaiah Gonzalez | December 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Advent, the four-week period preceding Christmas, is a time to slow down as we wait in hopeful expectation for Christ’s coming.

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Advent week one — A new beginning

Advent week one — A new beginning

| Father Herb Weber | December 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

When the verses from Chapter 33 of the Book of Jeremiah are read as the first reading on the First Sunday of Advent this year, I will hear them in a new way.

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Keeping watch in the little hours

Keeping watch in the little hours

| Liz Kelly | December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

It is unfailingly moving to enter the chapel at 2 or 3 or 4 in the morning and find there an adorer, often on their knees, deep in prayer, keeping close company with the King of Kings.

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Dryness amidst tidings of comfort and joy

Dryness amidst tidings of comfort and joy

| Liz Kelly | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

It is not an uncommon phenomenon: Just at the moment when we are trying the hardest to draw closer to the Lord, spending more time in Advent prayer and the devotions of the season, we are met with a spell of aridity. All of the spiritual masters write of such periods, whether it is John of the Cross’ “dark night of the senses,” or Teresa of Avila’s “second mansion,” or more simply, a loss of the desire to pray. If you’re experiencing this in the holidays, you are not alone.

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During Advent, reclaim what is properly yours: recollection

During Advent, reclaim what is properly yours: recollection

| Liz Kelly | November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of my habits in recent years has been to prepare for Christmas proper well in advance. I shop for presents throughout the year, order my Christmas cards in October, and I refuse to buy any new Christmas ornaments during Advent — what I have is what I have. Once Advent hits, I’m finished. If the present has not been purchased, it doesn’t get purchased. If the Christmas tree lights don’t work, I go without them. I need my Advent to be Advent. I need this time for recollection and prayer, and as I get older, I protect it more fiercely.

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Advent events in the archdiocese

Advent events in the archdiocese

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Responding to a query from The Catholic Spirit, parishes, schools and organizations in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis submitted the following events

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Composer trio hopes Advent concert provides spiritual preparation

Composer trio hopes Advent concert provides spiritual preparation

| November 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

To celebrate the season of anticipating Christ’s birth, music is a common element for parishes, schools and other Catholic entities in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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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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