Author: Sister Therese Ann Rich

Emmanuel

Jesus has many titles, and at Christmastime, we’re reminded that Jesus is called by yet another name: Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” Eight days after his birth, he was circumcised and named Jesus, which means “God saves” and was the name an angel told Mary and Joseph to give him. This name itself, heavenly […]

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Adoration Of The Magi

The magi offer the Child their gifts but they gaze up and off into the distance. Perhaps they’re asking of the star they followed: Is this really the One to whom you’ve led us? And Joseph…Joseph stands apart, keeping a wary eye on these wealthy visitors.  Can you read his thoughts? How came they knocking on my […]

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The Holy Family

Toddlers seem to need only two words in their vocabulary: “No!” and “Mine!” As soon as they are able they assert themselves forcefully. This is a survival tactic. As the little ones become aware of themselves, their instincts for survival kick in. They grab for whatever they think they need to preserve the precious life […]

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Christmas 2014

Come Christmas! No one is ever really ready for Christmas. If we were really all prepared: If every gift we had contemplated had been obtained; If every present was beautifully beribboned; If all the goodies our friends deserve were baked and cooled, and stored just so; If each and every person we love was gathered […]

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God’s Surprises

This gospel from Luke is so very familiar to us. In fact, we just heard it a couple of weeks ago on December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On that day we interpreted the gospel within the context of the feast day, and focused on Mary’s holiness as […]

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