Advent Devotional Wednesday, 2 December — Joyful Momentum

Wednesday 2 December  Matthew 15:29-37  At that time: Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the  mountain, and sat down there. Great crowds came to him, having  with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many  others.  They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds  were amazed when they saw…Advent Devotional … Continue reading Advent Devotional Wednesday, 2 December — Joyful Momentum

Integrity still matters…

I posted this in March and originally in 2017. Before that it was a piece for my twice-monthly column in the Killeen Daily Herald. It’s been coming to my mind again lately and my followers continue to increase so I’m sharing old entries for those who are going forward with me but have not necessarily been looking back. I have over 300 entries at this point so it’s understandable why you would not want to look back. I do this from time to time, especially when I’m busy and don’t have a lot of time to write new entries. See my last original entry to understand what’s been keeping me busy of late! It has to do with a new grandchild. Blissfully busy, but busy nonetheless.

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I have been sort of discouraged lately observing the way things are going in our world. Maybe that’s because I am of a ‘certain age’.  I was raised in a home where we were taught to say what we meant and then we prepared ourselves for the consequences, whatever they might be. My husband and I tried to do that with our own family. And I know many of us do. I think that today, though, too many people say things they don’t mean, which is another way of saying, they say things they do not believe or that they know are wrong. This can be found both in a public forum and in private conversation.

And they don’t seem to care about the negative consequences of their words because they are fairly confident there won’t be any! That often proves to be the case, sadly. What I find disconcerting…

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Jesus Time!

I began my blog in October of 2017. The entry below is one of the very first I included. I recalled it this morning as the Gospel reading includes the proclamation from Peter about who Jesus really is. Everyone else was afraid to say what they thought. But Peter boldly proclaims it and Jesus shares some amazing news with him because of it. So, here it is. From almost 7 years ago when my granddaughter was not even 2 years old. My, hour time flies…

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Once when my 22- month-old granddaughter, Alice, arrived with her parents at their church she enthusiastically announced, “Jesus time!” That kid. I just love her so much. The interesting thing to me is that her parents rarely actually take her to Mass. They drop her off at the Immaculate Conception nursery so they can concentrate and be fully involved. My daughter does take her to adoration from time to time and Alice has been known to smile at the statue of Mary and to wave at the monstrance that holds the Sacred Eucharist.

I love that Alice is making the connection between the actual church, as well as adoration or Mass, and time spent with Jesus. I think of Jesus’ words to St. Peter: “Blessed are you Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal this truth to you…” when that founding leader of our church on…

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“Teach them how to say good-bye”

Since Hamilton is streaming on Disney+ this weekend and we’re also commemorating the Nation’s Independence Day, I am sharing my reflections on the play and one of its main characters. But not the titular one! Long live tradition!

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My husband and I had the pleasure of seeing “Hamilton” on Broadway a couple of weeks ago. It was as amazing as everyone says it is. I am a huge fan of musical theater, but this was so much more than that.

“Hamilton” is history and tragedy and comedy. It was thought-provoking and heart rending and tear jerking. It was magnificent.

As taken as I was with the title character, I must confess that my attention, both when he was on stage and when I left the theater, was most often fixed on General and President George Washington.

I think what struck me as the most notable thing about him was his keen awareness of the duty he had as the first President to get it right. He understood that he could influence a great many future generations on what a great and good leader of the nation should consider…

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Luke 7:1-10

Today’s reading is from Matthew’s gospel, but it’s this same wonderful story from Luke, which happens often! Lots of their accounts are similar. So, I bring you this same reflection from last year. God is good! All the time…

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When Jesus had finished all his words to the people,
he entered Capernaum.
A centurion there had a servant who was ill and about to die,
and he was valuable to him.
When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him,
asking him to come and save the life of his servant.
They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying,
“He deserves to have you do this for him,
for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.”
And Jesus went with them,
but when he was only a short distance from the house,
the centurion sent friends to tell him,
“Lord, do not trouble yourself,
for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you;
but say the word and let my servant be healed.
For I…

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John the Baptist and expectation management

Today’s post is from one year ago. But It was written specifically for today, and I like it! So here it is again…

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Today we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist in the Catholic Church.  The Gospel from Scripture, from Luke, Chapter 1, verses 57-66 and 80, is all about how Elizabeth and Zechariah’s family expect them to name the baby after his father, but mom insists that his name shall be John, which means, “God is gracious.” Of course, initially, no one believes that’s what Zechariah wants to name the child. He, you may recall, was struck dumb by an angel of the Lord for his disbelief that his wife would conceive a child in her advanced age. When he writes “His name is John,” to validate his wife’s objection to what the family wanted, they were all confused. Well, the Bible says they were “amazed.” I wonder if they were amazed because this fine husband sided with his wife against the conventional supposition of the family.

So the child is…

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