Whose We Are

One element of our baptismal ceremony for babies and children who have not yet reached the age of reason is clothing those being baptized with a white garment. The words accompanying this gesture include “You have become a new creation, and have clothed yourselves in Christ . . . the outward sign of your Christian […]

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Home By Another Way

It is the dead of winter now in the northern hemisphere. The days are short, the nights are long. Most of us like to be indoors early where it is warm and safe and light. Darkness is not appealing to us. Once the sun goes down the temperature begins to drop; the creatures of the […]

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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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