Monthly Archives: December 2009

New Year’s Eve

The name “January” comes from the Roman god Janus, the god with two faces, one looking to the past and the other looking to the future. This is indeed a time to look back at the year that has just … Continue reading

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Midnight Mass 2009

Christmas has the ability to bring people together.  Family members get on airplanes or in cars to come home for Christmas.  People at work who don’t seem all that friendly most days suddenly seem warmer and happier.  Strangers wish each … Continue reading

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Waiting for Jesus

John the Baptist “proclaimed the good news to the people”, so the Gospel tells us.  It’s not about going through rituals and sacraments mindlessly, as if an external action can really change the interior of a person automatically.  John tells … Continue reading

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Being a Prophet: Advent Week 2

Today’s Gospel reading is like the opening lines of Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”  While a harsh Roman Procurator holds the people of Israel under the … Continue reading

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