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Celebrating February Second

February 2nd had historically been named Candlemas Day, Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ.  In the history of the BVM Sisters, it had also been time when…

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Happy New Year

As Catholic Christians, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family on the Sunday following our Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus. Most of us live the majority of our lives as part of a nuclear family; all of…

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Advent Week Four: Christmas Eve

Years ago, I was ministering at Peshawbestown, a reservation on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It was Christmas Eve. Father and I had finished setting out gifts for the children in the hall adjacent to the church. A young couple entered the…

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Advent Week Three

Advent is my favorite season of the Church Year.  I love all the Advent Hymns, especially “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”  My parish is using the refrain “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel” as the response to…

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Advent Week Two

In reading the scripture for today, my soul yearns for the promises of kindness, peace, joy and comfort expressed in the words. The Lord comes to me and to you in these syllables of grace unfolding much like the readings.…

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Advent Week One

[Jesus said] What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!'” Mark 13:37 “Watch”  This warning has been sounded in our ears many times over the course of our lives. Sometimes it heralded something wondrous: “Watch what happens when we…

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