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Monday Musing – Changes

Advent1BAs I sat in the pew during mass yesterday, and heard the first reading from Isaiah proclaimed, I began to compose a post in my head for today. Alas, I never did get to it, but here is what struck me…

Every valley shall be lifted up,
every mountain and hill made low;
The rugged land shall be a plain,
the rough country, a broad valley.
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Ultimately I believe that what the Lord asks of us is to be one. I grow so weary of the conservative versus the liberals, the orthodox versus the progressives – and even more weary of who God must like best. In the end “all flesh shall see it together.” That gives me great comfort and great hope.

What do you think?

About the changes – other than a couple of planned posts, I am going to take a little blog break. I would like to change things up around here and that will take some time. My prayer and hope is to be back by Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

In the meantime, I am wondering if anyone who reads the blog, parishioners and others, would consider writing a reflection during Lent? Please pray and think about this if you will. Some people worry that they don’t “know how to write.” Fair enough, but what is God inviting you to do?

The idea would be to pick a date during Lent and check with me to see if it is available. If you pick a date that is already taken, please have a back up day or days in mind. Submissions are subject to approval and must be 1200 words or less, based on your reflection for the Scriptures for a particular day. Readings can be found here at the USCCB webpage, simply click the days of the calendar.  If you are interested, please email me or leave a comment on the blog.

Thank you faithful readers, who are companions on the way, both known and unknown.  A post will up this Wednesday, which will include a book giveaway and a chance to win a $100 Williams Sonoma gift card, as I write about local Catholic author Mary DeTurris Poust’s new book, Cravings:  A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God, from Ave Maria Press.  Later in the week, or early the following week, another book post will follow, this one about local author John Backman’s, Why Can’t We Talk? Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart, from Sky Light Paths.  Other than that – silence for a month. Please pray for me and I will be doing the same for you!

Saturday Song

I love what that this song says. And I am reminded of such promise as we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. God has chosen us with love, fidelity, mercy, and hope.

Saturday Song – Epiphany Edition

Saturday Song – Special Edition

This song, The Friendly Beasts is from Michael Iafrate, who I know via social media. He is a young Catholic theologian, musician,and father who lives in West Virginia. If you like this music, you can purchase a download directly from this website.  Here’s the best part… Your purchase will be contributed to the Catholic Peace Fellowship. This is a good cause at any time, but especially now, when they are really in need of donations.

Saturday Song – Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Today we celebrate our parish feast day with great joy! Enjoy abundant blessings this day, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing this song in your head as the day progresses.

Say yes

Today, our parish feast day, is about the freedom to say yes. That is what I think of today- the freedom to say yes, and the courage to do so, under what must have felt like impossible circumstances. That is why these are two of my favorite Annunciation images, both Pre-Raphelite, not a particularly favorite style of art for me.

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Shocked. Surprised. Frightened. But still she said… yes.

And that changed everything. Everything.

Saturday Song – Advent Edition

A different kind of version of an Advent classic… enter the season of quiet, watchful, waiting in peace.

Monday Musing

Advent begins this coming weekend. I always have a hard time with this last week of the liturgical year. The crash-bang-boom of the apocalyptic readings from the Book of Revelation and Gospels that sound like we are headed towards Good Friday and not Advent.

It makes me want to rush past it on some bullet train of prayer that blurs my view of what is out there.

The irony of course is that like a child waiting for Christmas, I am rushing into the future without living in the present. Advent is not simply some superhighway that gets you to December 25, it is its own essential time. It is a time of quiet, patient, waiting. Of waiting for what is to come, not waiting to “do” something.

I’m thinking about how we live in a time that values productivity as a way to profit, managing well, success and power. Being in constant motion is some kind of postmodern virtue that may get you rewarded with time off.  Don’t get caught being still, slacker!

And I’m thinking of our God who seems anything but interested in any such kind of things.

Saturday Song

This Sunday is the last of our liturgical year, Christ the King. Next Sunday we begin a new year with Advent.

Light & Beauty – book reviews, contest, Brother Mickey appearance!

Saved by Beauty and This Little Light – the November book review and book giveaway series continues!

I’ll begin this review of two books with the end in mind… If you are making a list so that someone may check it twice, I suggest that you ask for both books. Seriously – ask for both books! You will not regret this, even if it feels a bit over the top. Let me tell you why…

There will be pure joy upon giving and receiving such things, there will be no standing in long lines to return things that you don’t want, and no suffering the potential shame of re-gifting the wrong gift to the wrong person. Go ahead, attach this review to your wish list! And if you are looking for gifts for someone else, try using this as your shopping list. (Book giveway contest info at the end of the post, along with info about upcoming appearances by Brother Mickey!)

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