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Lord, Have I Looked For You Today?

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The vice-rector in Santo Domingo Seminary said we were like the three angels that came to see Abraham and who announced the birth of Isaac when we went to visit them rather unexpectedly. He saw in us Christ and at an hour’s notice was very willing to open this house and…
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He Wants To Give You The Best Wine!

Dear Brothers and Sister, It’s quite a remarkable miracle to change water into wine. I have tried it a few times and nothing happens; I am better at changing wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. Jesus changes water into something that’s totally opposite. Wine has a color and water doesn’t. Wine has a…
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He Is Born For Us Today!!

Dear Friends, The church over the place where Christ was born in Bethlehem has an unusual entrance for the last several hundred years. It was a large double door entrance but centuries ago to keep the men on their horsebacks out of the church the entrance was made smaller and anyone over five and a…
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Women Receive The ‘Good News’ First

Dear Brothers and Sisters, How is it that the Lord or the mother of the Lord comes to me? And yet he does in every Eucharist, in every gospel, and is waiting to come to me this Christmas! It is a remarkable event that I can often take for granted and yet the Lord is…
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Rejoice, The Lord Is Coming

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today is Gaudete Sunday which means rejoice. Rejoice because the Lord is near; he is coming at Christmas that is only 2 weeks away. You might be saying how can I rejoice with this spouse, with these kids, with a lack of money, with the sickness that I have? How can…
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In Your Desert, God Comes To You

Dear Friends, Why would God send John the Baptist or anyone to the desert to announce the coming of Christ? It seems absurd. Shouldn’t they go to downtown Jerusalem or to the temple or a place where there are many people. The desert is empty; it lacks water, food, people, and life. But perhaps there…
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He Doesn’t Come With A Stick

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Advent means coming. When Christ returns as he promised, to live again his birth as a man, as a child, in history, and his coming when he is proclaimed in the Mass. He does not come with a stick or with demands or to punish. He comes to love. To enter…
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He Wants To Reign In You

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Pilate responds to Jesus after the end of today’s gospel, what is truth? He is a cynical man but somehow, he believes that he has met the truth. And the first thing that comes into his mind is that at Passover one person can be set free and he think he…
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Even If What You Have Is Little, Give It To God And It Will Increase

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The first reading today is very moving for me.  It is understated as many stories are in the Bible.  To understand it better you need to know the background.  God had told the prophet Elijah that there will be a draught in the land that would last for several years.  This…
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You Will Love God With All Your Strength, One Day

Dear Brothers and Sisters, One of the readings this week recounted how God through the prophet Jeremiah told the people of Jerusalem to surrender to the Babylonians and move to their country where they would be safe.  If they did not surrender, they would be killed.  Jeremiah told them build your houses and your gardens…
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