Monthly Archives: December 2016

Holy Name

A happy New Year, everybody, and a blessed feast of the Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Church year begins on Advent 1, of course, but there’s nothing wrong with celebrating the end of 2016. The turbulent presidential … Continue reading

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Christmas

Merry Christmas, everybody. Priests are expected to have Easter as their favorite holiday, but I love Christmas. The warm church, the creche, Santas on firetrucks, presents given and received. The window above our high altar depicts the Nativity, and thankfully … Continue reading

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Advent 4

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.” St. Matthew starts out pretty plainly there, but it’s a setup – what follows is anything but simple. Mary is pregnant under mysterious circumstances Joseph is unwilling to treat … Continue reading

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Advent 3

Prophets are not usually the happiest of people. There’s a reason the word jeremiad exists, and it has everything to do with the irascible disposition of the prophet Jeremiah. When God speaks to you directly and tells you to go … Continue reading

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Advent 2

So an elderly pastor was searching his closet for his collar before church one Sunday morning. In the back of the closet, he found a small box containing 3 eggs and 90 $1 bills. He called his wife into the … Continue reading

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