Articles for Advent

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12, 2020

  Book of revelation A great sign appeared – a woman clothed with the sun. and the moon was under her feet…. on her head a crown of twelve stars. The prophet Zechariah states that many nations shall join themselves to the Lord. They shall be his people. And God will dwell among you. Mary…

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Friday of the Second Week of Advent

December 11, 2020

  Let’s make a quick return to that opening collect from Sunday, where we ask God to “remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy.” I have always thought of this as a wonderful expression of our Advent longings, that we ask God to remove those things that keep us from receiving…

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Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

December 10, 2020

“I will” – “I do” – “I am” – “I am, with the help of God” Three responses we hear from the lips of those exchanging marriage vows and making the promises that come in the rites of ordination or religious profession. Today it is God making the promise – I WILL Fear not I…

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Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

December 9, 2020

  Almost from the beginning of Advent, we begin to hear again and again of the promises to Israel for deliverance. The prophecies of Isaiah speak eloquently to the promise of redemption: give comfort to my people; speak tenderly to Jerusalem, proclaim that her service is at an end; fear not, your God comes to…

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 8, 2020

  In 1854 Pope Pius IX declared the Immaculate Conception to be a dogma of our faith, long-held sacred and celebrated over the centuries. Mary, the Immaculate Conception is Patroness of the Church in the United States, of our own diocese and the name of the Cathedral in Kansas City. The naming of two local…

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Memorial of St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

December 7, 2020

  “A highway will be there, called the holy way… and on it, the redeemed will walk.” After Jesus cured the paralytic, the man picked up his mat and went home, praising God. During Advent, we focus on our journey to and with the Lord. We await Jesus’ journeying to us, the Lord’s coming. We…

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Second Sunday of Advent

December 6, 2020

  In the collect for today’s Mass, we pray: “Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son.” An earlier version put it this way asking God to “remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy.” Both versions get at something basic…

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Saturday of the First Week in Advent

December 5, 2020

  Today’s Gospel accumulates what I have been saying all week. It says, “Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, ‘Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out…

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Friday of the First Week in Advent

December 4, 2020

  Today our theme of being missionaries and having faith continues. Today we see the miracle of Jesus curing the blind men. Jesus asks them, “Do you believe that I can do this? ‘Yes, Lord,’ they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘Let it be done for you according to your…

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Memorial of St. Francis Xavier, Priest

December 3, 2020

  Today is the feast of St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of missionaries. On Monday I said that we are called this Advent Season to be missionaries, and as St. Francis Xavier says “When trying to evangelize, no tool is more effective than that of personal witness…People can argue with points of doctrine but no…

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Wednesday of the First Week in Advent

December 2, 2020

  Today in the Gospel, we hear about the story of the loaves and the fish. Jesus took seven loaves and a few fish and multiplied them to a crowd of about 4,000, and the disciples picked up seven baskets full left over. If you noticed in the Gospel, they were in a deserted place.…

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Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

December 1, 2020

  I remember my mom telling me her “annunciation” story. Mom was pregnant with my sister Lauren. My crazy, fun-loving sister is high-functioning autistic. The doctor asked my mom if she wanted to do a special sonogram that could detect any abnormalities that the baby could have, and my mom said to the doctor, straightforward,…

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Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle

November 30, 2020

  Probably two of my favorite passages are referenced on this feast of St. Andrew. The first from our first reading, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!” and Jesus telling Andrew and Peter (Simon), “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” I see an equation…

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First Sunday of Advent

November 29, 2020

  Thank you for joining us for the Advent edition of the Online Spiritual Journey. Over the next few weeks, we will prepare our hearts for the birth of our Savior. We invite you to join us, as we offer daily reflections and Sunday videos. In the secular world, Advent may seem to mean we…

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