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Monthly Archive for December, 2012

As we say goodbye to 2012 here is a link to one of the most e-mailed stories of the year. It is Fr. Kevin O’Neil’s attempt to explain why so many bad things seem to happen under God’s watch. Click on the picture for the column by Maureen Dowd which contains the reflection by Fr. […]

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  Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better [person]. ~Benjamin Franklin

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  “In the old days it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukka’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas! or Happy Hanukkah! or (to the atheists) […]

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A Charlie Brown Christmas is a classic to be sure. If you have never experienced Charlie Brown’s Christmas it is well worth it. In the clip below young Linus explains what Christmas is all about to a very disheartened Charlie Brown.

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Below is my yearly re-post of what is clearly one of my Top 10 movies of all time. I often feel like the richest man in the world. It’s a Wonderful Life One of my all time favorite movies, especially around Christmas time, is Frank Capra’s gem- It’s a Wonderful Life staring,  Jimmy Stewart and […]

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I found this video on a blog called Open Hands which is written by Mark Petersen who is a philanthropist and blogger.Check it out as it has many interesting links and videos that will give you a look into some of the work done by the not-for-profit sector in Canada. I love the last line […]

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A friend of mine forwarded this story to me about an old man on Christmas Eve. It is much longer than what I would normally post but if you have the time it is a new take on the “Night Before Christmas”. If you read to the end you will see that it is a […]

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One of my favorites on this one my my favorite days.

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Be Thankful- Unknown

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire, If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don’t know something For it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow. Be thankful for your limitations Because they give […]

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C) (Micah 5:2-5; Psalm 80; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45) Click here for THIS SUNDAY’S  readings   The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers […]

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Our world can at times seem to be a place that has lost all hope. We arrived home on Friday evening with the news of another senseless tragedy at a school in a peaceful town where these types of things are not supposed to happen. What makes the impact of this event so great is […]

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Mary did you know that your baby boy would….. is the theme of this song. This video is worth the 4 minutes as we prepare for the birth of this infant. Mary of course could not have known all these things were to happen to her baby boy, she ponder many of them in her […]

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Three Possible themes for an Advent homily might be:  

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This week we celbrate Gaudete Sunday.  The day takes its common name from the Latin word Gaudete (“Rejoice”), the first word of the introit of this day’s Mass: Gaudete in Domino which may be translated as: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord […]

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. Third Sunday of Advent (Year C)  (Zephaniah 3:14-18; Isaiah 12; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18) Click here for THIS SUNDAY’S  readings   The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers […]

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