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Eight Strategies for a Calm, Fruitful Advent

Most of us are distracted with so many things. Busyness is a stress-inducing condition of daily life. We rush from one place to another, and try to juggle one too many commitments. With only one month left before Christmas, our … Continue reading

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Rejoice! The Time is Near!

The third Sunday in Advent is filled with joyful anticipation. We’re halfway there! Jesus’ birthday will be here soon! In our home, the manger reminds us of this and our Advent candles which we have faithfully lit over the last … Continue reading

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The Elderly Who Are Isolated and Abandoned

Posted at Catholic Insight As I walked through the lobby of the assisted living facility, I saw him again – the elderly gentleman whom I had greeted three hours earlier. Had he been there all morning? I wondered. I was … Continue reading

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Advent: Waiting Like Mary and Joseph

Posted at Catholic Insight I have just finished my annual routine of climbing into the attic and hauling out the box that stores our much-used Advent wreath. Candles? Check. Prayers? Check. Matches? We’ll need to get more of those. Like … Continue reading

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Lighting My Lamp and Keeping It Lit

The Antiphon for the Canticle of Zechariah in today’s Morning Prayer is: “There is no need to be afraid; in five days our Lord will come to us.” When I first read that prayer, my initial reaction was “five days?  … Continue reading

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Pueri Concinite: A Sublime Christmas Carol

This Christmas carol was composed by Austrian musician Johann Von Herbeck (1831-1877).  The live performance features Les Choristes in the Palais des Congrès de Paris with soloist Jean Baptiste Maunier. Latin Pueri concinite, nato regi psallite! Voce pia dicite: “apparuit … Continue reading

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Silence Amid Chaos

I attended a half-day Advent conference entitled The Silence of Mary.  The morning was a much needed retreat from the maddening rush and noise of a city caught up in pre-Christmas frenzy.  It was also the day after the horrific … Continue reading

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The Advent Spirit

I think it’s pretty safe to say that this time of the year is stressful for most women.  By nature, we’re givers, nurturers, organizers, homemakers; the ones who pay attention to little details, and the ones for whom hospitality is … Continue reading

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Loving The Forgotten Ones

This week, M expressed a very clear desire to commit suicide, including the method of ending life.  Racked with pain, deteriorating health, loneliness and a lack of familial, spiritual and friendly support, M has had enough of life. Canadian statistics … Continue reading

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