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Advent (Love) – Generating Love

@Pontifex on December 23, 2013 @5:23 am EST Retweet Christmas celebrations are often full of sound. It would be good for us to make room for silence, to hear the voice of Love.  …Pope Francis As I move about in various places … Continue reading

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Advent (Hope): Difficulties

Difficulties break some people.  They make others.  Is this a truth that you have observed? My own experience is that difficulties often feel like they are breaking me, but ultimately, if I am honest, they make me.  They make me … Continue reading

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Advent: Legacy of Hope

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in … Continue reading

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Advent (Hope): Chanukah

There is a conversation that I have with my dad, like clockwork, when I take a new class. I begin, usually in tears, about my inability to do anything remotely useful with Latin. My dad responds, reminding me of the … Continue reading

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Advent (Hope): On the Horizon

“For the great human family, it is necessary to renew always the common horizon toward which we are journeying.  The horizon of hope!  This is the horizon that makes a good journey.” ~ Pope Francis, Dec. 1, 2013  We have … Continue reading

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Advent (Hope): In the Dark

I can remember Lydia and me guiding our three children down into our 100 year old basement during tornado season in Birmingham, tornado sirens blaring.  Every time we got up at midnight or 3:00 AM and gathered our little ones … Continue reading

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Advent (Hope): Human Longing

Advent as a liturgical season that leads into Christmas did not begin to formulate among Christians until the 5th century CE.  Until then, there was no formal recognition or celebration of the birth of Jesus.  When it did formulate, it … Continue reading

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Advent (Hope): Lending Promise

“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey towards it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us…  It lends promise to the future and purpose to the past.  It turns discouragement to determination.” ~ SAMUEL SMILES, Self-Help   Christmas … Continue reading

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Storehouse: The Circle of the Beloved’s Cunning Thieves

I am a high school and sometimes university teacher.  I have been teaching in some form or another now for 30 years.  Here is the lesson that I have been so slow to learn from all my years of teaching: … Continue reading

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