First Sunday of Advent 2017 - Awakening the Spark Within Us

Chapter Talks


‘Why do you let us wander, O Lord, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not’?  This is how Advent opens with the first reading from Isaiah (63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7).  Left to our selves we wander from the ways of God, our hearts become hardened almost unnoticed because we are living without much awareness of what is happening inside, within the heart.  Once we become aware and notice more, we may feel moved to cry out, ‘Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down
December 03, 2017 Read More

Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth, or Last, Week in Ordinary Time; Blessed Virgin Mary

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 51Mass: Daniel 7:15-27; Resp. Psalm (Dn 3); Luke 21:34-36


Be vigilant at all times and praythat you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.(Gospel Acclamation, Mass)
As we prepare to enter the season of Advent, it is time to remind ourselves to pray without ceasing
December 02, 2017 Read More

A "Yes" That Overcame All Fear

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“Her willingness was her magnificence.  This we know and marvel at when we recall how You first came to us,” (Upon A Luminous Night, Christine Rogers, p.9).  Mary’s willingness was echoed in her ‘yes’…her ‘yes’, says the poem further on, “to a thing she only partly understood” (p.9).  This ‘yes’, which was encirc
December 11, 2016 Read More

The Interior Space of Advent

Chapter Talks


“O dark dark dark…I said to my soul be still and let the dark come upon you, which shall be the darkness of God” (“East Coker”).  As we reflect on these poetic and familiar words of T.S. Eliot I am sure they conjure up many things for each of us.  As we begin Advent, could we pray the grace to let the darkness come
November 27, 2016 Read More
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