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Y’all Rejoice!


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Run Time: approximately 10 minutes.

Epistle: Phil. 4:4-7 (Joy and Peace.)

Gospel: Jn. 1:19-28 (John the Baptist’s Testimony to Himself.)

…in the midst of our Advent penance and preparations, in the midst of our recognition of our need for a savior and really our unreadiness to receive Him. How much work has to be done – how much preparation there is that remains undone. The Church tells us, “Rejoice” using the words of St. Paul as he says: “In all things, rejoice.”

What Are You Doing Down There?


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Run Time: approximately 15 minutes.

Gospel: Mt 25:14-30.

My parents had a room in the basement that was the play room. And that’s the room where all the toys were put and where the worst of the chaos was wrought…. And occasionally we’d be sent to this place, not to play, but to clean up… but after 2 or 3 hours of “cleaning up” ah, at which point we had clearly forgotten what we were there for… Somebody would step on somebody else’s toes or something of that sort… and a fight would break out. A voice would come from upstairs: “What are you doing down there?” And the worst answer was: “Nothin!” because that was not the purpose. We were not put to this to do ‘nothin’ and I think of that in our daily examine how often, when we ask the question “what are you doing?” what are you doing in there? What are you doing with your time? What are you doing with this precious gift of life that you’ve been given? What are you doing with your attention, your patience, your charity? What a thing to answer back: “Nothin!” “Not getting into any trouble.” We’re here to do more than just not get into any trouble…. Jesus Christ did not take upon flesh and suffer and die for us simply to get us out of hell.

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Lying in repose


Lying in repose: Otto von Habsburg, heir to the Austrian and Hungarian thrones, and his wife Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen, at the Capuchin Church in Vienna on Friday, 15 July 2011. Photo Credit: Gryffindor, Wikimedia
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Run Time: 14 minutes. Gospel: Mt 25:1-13.

Aren’t we supposed to share? Well, yes!… But I cannot supply for another what they will not have, and another cannot supply for me what I will not have. Nobody’s holy grandmother is going to get them into heaven – if I will not follow Christ myself. Nobody’s good wife or husband, or generous children, will move what they themselves will not move.

Puzzles


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Run Time: approximately 13 and a half minutes. Gospel: Mt 23:1-12.

And also – I think – to be attentive to what else it is I put in front of my eyes. What other images do I follow and how is … life constructed if that is what I’m constantly looking at. Does my life look like Philippians or Facebook? Which one’s the better pattern? To be conscious and attentive that, no, that’s not. There are certain things (that) begin to distort how I put this puzzle of my life together – and how I respond to others, patterns that I lay out as I have this in front of me. As I have either that image of imitation of Christ, or imitation of the world.