21 December 2014

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for actively calling us during this holy season of Advent.

Msgr. Pope on Hastening to Meet Jesus During Advent

"The Lord's coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word 'Advent' means 'coming,' there is the danger that we think we are only passively waiting for him to come. It is not just that the Lord is coming to us, but that we are also journeying to Him. In fact, as the Advent prayers in the Roman Missal instruct, we ought to run, not walk, and hasten to greet Him as He draws near.

"The image of the Prodigal Son comes to mind. His father saw him and ran toward him. But at the same time, he was hastening toward his father with contrition and hope. So too, in Advent, do we look for the Lord's coming. But the Lord also looks for us to come to Him by faith. We, like the prodigal son, consider our need for salvation, and with contrition (did you get to confession this advent?), hasten to meet our Lord, whom we know by faith is coming to us."

In a recent commentary, Monsignor Charles Pope (pastor of Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Parish, Washington, DC) reflected on the importance of actively waiting for and reaching out to the Lord during the season of Advent.

To access Msgr. Pope’s complete post, please visit:

Msgr. Charles Pope: Run, Don’t Walk, to the Nearing Jesus! (17 DEC 14)

Reflection Starter from Pope Francis

"Advent increases our hope, a hope which does not disappoint. The Lord never lets us down." - Pope Francis

20 December 2014

Robert Goulet: "Sunrise, Sunset"

As this blessed week draws to a close, I offer this version of Robert Goulet singing "Sunrise, Sunset" (from the musical, Fiddler on the Roof):

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the example You gave us in Your life on earth and for the many ways in which You encourage us to follow Your example.

Br. Athanasius Murphy, O.P., on Jesus as the Root of Jesse

"Roots are the hidden plant-parts that keep the rest of the organism aloft. They're the source of life that make growth and nourishment possible. Christ, by his Incarnation, is no different. Fashioned in the womb and born of Mary, Christ makes us grow from the same shoot that sprung from Jesse. Christ, as God and through his humanity, keeps the Church alive. Here are a few things to remember this Advent about Christ’s human life, and how he’s the root and foundation of our lives."

In a recent commentary, Br. Athanasius Murphy, O.P., reflected on Jesus' humility, obedience, prayer and patience as the Root of Jesse.

To access Br. Athanasius' complete reflection, please visit:

Dominicana: Root of Jesse (19 DEC 14)

Reflection Starter from Fr. Brian Cavanaugh

"Even though God is the wind beneath your wings, you still have to do a lot of flapping." – Father Brian CavanaughTOR

19 December 2014

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for placing us in our families and for the many blessings You have bestowed on our families.