A Christmas Reflection

The magic of Christmas is not always found in trying to catch a glimpse of reindeer flying or Santa coming to our house on Christmas Eve. It cannot always be found in the twinkling of lights, the garland on our trees or even in the presents that we give. It is not going to happen if God decides to open wide the heavens and give us the gift of a front row seat at a concert of heavenly angels. No, the magic of Christmas is found in other, very ordinary places and often in places we don’t think to look. [...]

By |2018-12-31T18:04:22-05:00December 31st, 2018|Fr. Mark's Reflections|0 Comments

Black and White

My friends and I stroll through the mall but no one notices us. I stop at a convenience store on the way home, and no one’s pulse spikes in fear. If I move into your section of town, you don’t think, “There goes the neighborhood.” I am a white woman. Therefore, unless I draw attention to myself, people leave me alone. People don’t fear me or worry that I might be carrying a concealed weapon. In the event that I do something stupid, people say, “That was really stupid.” They do not say, “See? All those white women are idiots.” [...]

By |2018-12-31T18:04:42-05:00December 18th, 2018|Everyday Holiness|0 Comments

The Gift of Advent

The last couple of weeks have presented us with an opportunity to stop, listen, reflect and focus.  Today we are called to rejoice!  “Cry out with joy and gladness:  for among you in the great and Holy One of Israel.”  We need more Advent time in our lives.  Pope Francis in his exhortation The Joy of the Gospel remarks that “whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and [...]

By |2018-12-05T20:43:02-05:00December 5th, 2018|Fr. Mark's Reflections|0 Comments