2nd Sunday of Advent Dec. 4 (Year A) Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12

Advent is the time to wake from our hypnotic sleep

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The Advent season in its liturgical observance is devoted to the coming of God at the end of history when Jesus shall reign as king.

Today’s warning signs are a call to action

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1st Sunday of Advent Nov. 27 (Year A) Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44

The passage from Isaiah is one of the most stirring and inspiring images in the Bible. It represents humanity’s deep yearning for peace, happiness and prosperity, as well as an intimate knowledge of the ways of God.

Finding the real presence of Jesus

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When I was a graduate student in Belgium, I was privileged one day to sit in on a conference given by Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Brussels.

Let God’s power of love be our guide

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Christ the King Nov. 20 (Year C) 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43

There’s no easy path to true intimacy

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There’s nothing simple about being a human being.

Walking God’s path leaves nothing to fear

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Nov. 13 (Malachi 4:1-2; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19)

Most people love to see the “bad guys” get what they deserve. There is something very satisfying about seeing a villain’s evil deeds finally catch up with him.

Boredom is a fault within ourselves

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In 2011, a book by a young writer, Bieke Vandekerckhove, won the award as Spiritual Book of the Year in her native Belgium.

Great things can come from depths of pain

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Towards the end of the summer, I met my friend John for coffee. A recurring event, not nearly frequent enough, but invariably enriching to heart and mind.

The power of spiritual principles

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Nov. 6 (2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 7, 9-14; Psalm 17; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5; Luke 20:27-38

How should we react when negative events shake us to our core and raise doubts?

Restlessness is not worth cultivating

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Thirty-four years ago when I launched this column, I would never have said this: restlessness is not something to be cultivated, no matter how romantic that might seem.