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Tuesday of the First Week of Advent: The Cosmic Christ

No one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. —Luke 10:22
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Monday of the First Week of Advent: Making Room Inside

Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. —Matthew 8:8
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First Sunday of Advent: Come, Lord Jesus

Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. —Matthew 24:42
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A Guided Tour through Advent

“Wait for it....” It's a popular phrase along pop-culture landscapes. The problem is nobody likes to wait, and yet waiting is a part of life.
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Thanksgiving: A Feast of Gratitude

Often when asked to name a special family time, people’s responses cluster around meals: Christmas dinner, birthday parties, a vacation cookout by the shore, a wedding banquet. Their intuition is sound: these special times are also sacred times. What better day to celebrate that connection than Thanksgiving? It’s a holiday designed for thanks and feasting (though turkey and football have become a cultural accretion). The first pilgrims who celebrated it were simply glad they had survived a precarious ocean crossing in 1620 and had harvested enough corn to carry them through winter. They were grateful—not for a blissful, pain-free experience—but for the presence of God in whatever circumstance they met.
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Notes from a Friar: A Spirit of Gratitude

If your family comes together to share good food and happy memories, you are blessed. Unfortunately, some family gatherings are stressful because of long-held grudges and lack of forgiveness. But I don’t want to focus on just Thanksgiving Day itself but being thankful every day as a basic virtue that can brighten our lives.  
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Understanding Yesterday's Mistakes

Most of us have moments in our past that we regret: times when we were not who we wanted to be and times we acted outside our expectations for how we want to behave. During these times we may have hurt those we love or caused ourselves unwanted pain.
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Six Ways to Be Grateful

Sometimes we need to be brought to the edge of darkness to realize how much we’ve already been given by God to enjoy and celebrate. This can be the case even if we are religiously attuned, spiritually alert, and psychologically healthy.
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To Be Joyful

The renowned Lutheran theologian and World War II martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer is famous for presenting a number of helpful ways to look at Christian discipleship.I believe that among the most significant for those of us in religious life today, or living out our vows in any walk of life today, is that of the distinction between “cheap grace” and “costly grace,” discussed in Bonhoeffer’s book The Cost of Discipleship.
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Our Deepest Relationship Is with God

Given that we are created in God’s own image and likeness, it is not an exaggeration to say that these human relationships are God-like. This month, I want to reflect the ultimate basis for those relationships: our relationship with God and God’s relationship with us.
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