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"St. John the Baptist Preaching in the Wilderness" (detail)
by Anton Raphael Mengs"St. John the Baptist Preaching in the Wilderness" (detail) by Anton Raphael Mengs

Daily Reflection — Hear the Baptist’s Cry

“All praise, eternal Son, to thee, whose advent doth thy people free; whom with the Father we adore and Holy Ghost for evermore.” * – – – * Closing verse from “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry” by Charles Coffin. The  words of this hymn serve to remind us of the incredible gift we anticipate and prepare for during this […]

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Watching and Waiting During Advent in Carmel

Advent in Carmel To experience Advent in Carmel is to enter into a rarified atmosphere that is filled to the brim with Carmel’s living legacy of Advent customs and observances. My first Advent in Carmel remains fresh in my memory today, still as vibrant and alive as when it happened. I feel at a loss, however, to write about it. […]

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail)
by Sandro BotticelliSt. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Augustine of Hippo

“But how can we rejoice in the Lord if he is far from us? Pray God he may not be far. If he is, that is your doing. Love, and he will draw near; love, and he will dwell within you. The Lord is at hand; have no anxiety. Are you puzzled to know how it is that he will […]

Photography © by Andy CoanPhotography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Luke 2:4-5

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.” (Luke 2:4-5) Print this entry

Photography © by Andy CoanPhotography © by Andy Coan

The Fast Comes Before the Feast

Christmas cards speak about it.  Christmas carols sing about it.  Even the angels at Bethlehem proclaimed it.  “Peace on earth.”  “The lion shall lie down with the lamb.” (Is 11).  “Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever” (Ps 72). The coming of the Messiah obviously has something to do with the advent of peace. But […]

"Childhood of Christ" (detail) by Gerrit van Honthorst"Childhood of Christ" (detail) by Gerrit van Honthorst

Daily Reflection — The Lord is Patient

“But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the […]

"Christ, the Good Shepherd" (detail) by Murillo"Christ, the Good Shepherd" (detail) by Murillo

Daily Reflection — The One Who Cares for You

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) For generations, the people of Judah and Israel lived in an oppressive spiritual darkness. The time was fast approaching its fullness when God would enter into His creation and the people would […]

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For Advent, Let’s Focus on Simplicity

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all of the stress, responsibilities and challenges in your daily life? If I am honest with myself, the times I feel most anxious or stressed are usually caused by my lifelong tendency to overcomplicate things and an inclination towards “busyness”. I am grateful for the occasional insights I have into ways to address this […]

"Christ and the Woman of Samaria" by Paolo Veronese"Christ and the Woman of Samaria" by Paolo Veronese

Daily Reflection — The Many Ways God Calls to Us

Be sure to watch the video at the end after you read this post… One morning, my wife and I ate breakfast at la Madeleine—Country French for me and scrambled with croissant for my wife. The day had begun a with a visit to the doctor, which carries its own concerns, and promised to become a busy day of work and chores. […]

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

Daily Reflection — The Lord Stands at the Door

  The Lord wants to enter into your heart and be with you… yes, YOU! He stands at the door and knocks. Will you open up and let Him in? Jesus wants to be in relation with you more than you can ever want to be in relation with Him.  So, when I think of all those times that I […]