Category: Advent

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

What an auspicious theme as we begin the Season of Advent: Reflection! And what better place to reflect than in the desert? The photo above was taken while I was driving with another sister from Minnesota to California. It is from the part of… Continue Reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection”

The Season of Advent Begins

While the stores are all decked out in their Christmas attire, our churches are holding out and putting out blue or purple and an Advent wreath. And just what is Advent? I like how Richard Rohr, OFM, puts it in his book, Preparing for… Continue Reading “The Season of Advent Begins”

Why Is It So Difficult for Us to Believe?

Today’s reading in the 3rd Thursday of Advent is from Isaiah 54 So God has sworn not to be angry with you, or to rebuke you. Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, My love shall never leave you nor… Continue Reading “Why Is It So Difficult for Us to Believe?”

Third Sunday of Advent

Would that all of us could receive the Christ whom we meet each day with the grace and humility of John the Baptizer. John answered them, “I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who… Continue Reading “Third Sunday of Advent”

Nature Preaches on Motherhood in Advent

Sometimes the best lessons are outside one’s window, at least this one was the other day. During Advent we celebrate Mary’s gift of mothering to the Christ Child, as well as toward us. These youngsters are also appreciative of their patient mother doe.

Advent Teaches Us to Wait

Sister Joanne Cullimore’s watercolor of Mt. Whitney, named Whitney Portal, speaks to our hearts as Isaiah does in today’s reading for the Second Wednesday of Advent. Waiting on God brings us strength . . . the strength of these granite mountains, created by our… Continue Reading “Advent Teaches Us to Wait”

Advent . . . Promise of Hope in our Dryness

Even in the Arizona desert . . . even in summer . . . we see the promise of new life . . . we see flowering forth of hope. From today’s reading from Isaiah: The desert and the parched land will exult; the… Continue Reading “Advent . . . Promise of Hope in our Dryness”

A Beautiful Advent Morning!

In today’s Responsorial Psalm, we proclaimend: Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation. And today I’ll let this morning’s sunrise in Bolinas do the preaching!  

Welcome to the First Sunday of Advent!

Today’s Gospel reading is from Mark 13:33-37. Jesus said to his disciples:”Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge,  each with his own… Continue Reading “Welcome to the First Sunday of Advent!”