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Waiting for Christmas in Silence. Or Not.

Growing up in my Croatia, I didn’t know there was such a thing as Advent. Christmas Eve came quietly. Our city streets and lamp-posts weren’t gleaming with millions of string lights during the darkest time of winter. Christmas was wrapped in a mystery, known only to those who believed. Perhaps that’s why I love the American tradition of decorating houses shortly after Thanksgiving, playing Christmas music on the radio, putting up lights and trimmed up trees on city squares and corners, watching people getting into the holiday spirit – everyone in their own way… Some …

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Christ at the Center: Home Edition

August 11, 2013: 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time Gospel: Luke 12:32-48 Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to …

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Christmas… but not yet!

As a person of faith, I so often feel as though I am stuck living simultaneously within two contradictory worlds.  Perhaps there is no greater example of this than the tension experienced during the early part of the month of December.  As Catholics, we are called to enter into the hopefulness and anticipation of the season of Advent.  All the while, people around are diving headlong into Christmas music, egg nog, and Rudolph. Part of me wants desperately to jump right in and join the festivities, but another part of knows that my soul expands …

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For We Need A Little Advent

It is inevitable that a song written in one era might not make sense to later generations. Language and customs change. As I walked through a huge display of Christmas ornaments in a local department store in October, I thought of the movie Mame. In one scene, Mame is trying to lift the spirits of her household as they face the sad reality of the Depression by pulling out the Christmas decorations, singing that “we need a little Christmas now.” Her nephew Patrick protests this untimely action, “But Auntie Mame, it’s one week from Thanksgiving …

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Waiting On God

These last five years God and I have had some rather tense conversations.  Okay, I will admit a few of them have been rather loud arguments (at least on my part).  Sometimes I’ve just had enough of working in “God’s time.”  Enough already! How am I supposed to continue to model God’s unending mercy when instead I want to stomp my feet and hurl objects at that same God?  It can be really humbling to realize, when you’ve spent so much time studying prayer, theology and spirituality, that you are still a beginner when it …

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