Epiphany: The Journey Has Just Begun

On Epiphany, we celebrate the day the Magi found Christ. Even though this was their first encounter with the Lord, I doubt it was the end of their journey.

A true encounter with Christ initiates a lifetime of seeking and following him. I have no doubt that the Magi returned to their homeland, inspired to orient their lives to service of Christ the King.

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Send Down Your Spirit Like the Dewfall

#MyMassTakeaway for the 4th Sunday of Advent, December 23, 2018. Find the Mass readings here.

Something struck me when I heard the priest pray these words at the consecration during Mass today: “Make holy therefore these gifts by sending down your spirit upon them like the dewfall.”

Images flooded my mind.

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5 Steps for Charitable Giving this Christmas

How to give to “the least of these” this Christmas. A guide to creating stocking stuffers for kids in need.

December is a flurry of giving and receiving. It feels good to have that balance. To give gifts and receive thanks. To get gifts back in return.

But Sunday’s readings challenge us to do more. They might even make us a tad uncomfortable.

Whatever we do to the least of God’s people, we do to Him. And whatever we don’t do for the least of these, we didn’t do for Him. (see Matt 25: 40, 45) Continue reading “5 Steps for Charitable Giving this Christmas”

How to Upgrade and Preserve Your Mosaic Jesse Tree

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Hi friends!

I’ve had a lot of questions rolling in about my Mosaic Jesse Tree. Some of the most popular are:

  • How/where do we hang them?
  • Can we laminate them?
  • What’s the best way to preserve them?

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A Prayer Guide for Advent

How to have a prayerful Advent.

I love the anticipation of Advent. The joy and excitement. What I don’t love is the commercialization that threatens to distract me.

The gifting and spending make me cringe. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against giving and receiving gifts. I don’t hate the idea of generosity. I just get stressed out from the pressure of mandatory giving.

So, while it’s a tempting proposition for my wallet, you won’t find me writing a gift guide. I won’t tell you what to buy for your mother, father, aunt, spouse, or children. Because 1) I have no idea what my own loved ones want, let alone yours and 2) that would bring me more stress than joy.

But instead of a gift guide, how about a prayer guide? Continue reading “A Prayer Guide for Advent”