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Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
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Prepare a way for the Lord

Fr. John Thornhill, SM
As we prepare to celebrate the Lord’s ‘coming’ at Christmas, our Advent liturgies invite us to a fuller appreciation of the great plan of God – a plan that will reach its climax with the inauguration of God’s final Kingdom, in the ‘second coming’ of the Saviour. …

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“Today’s readings remind us to be attuned to the prophetic voices in our midst,” writes Jamie Waters. “We should look for modern-day prophetic voices.” (Photo by Jehyun Sung on Unsplash)

Fr. Chama | Fr. Fleming | Fr. Kavanaugh, SJ | Fr. Hawkswell  | Msgr. Pellegrino | Fr. Smiga | Jamie Waters | VIEW MORE

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A good time to start a new year!

Fr. Vincent Hawkswell
B.C. CATHOLIC (2020)

Happy New Year! We are starting Advent, the first season of the Church’s liturgical year. Today is as noteworthy as Jan. 1, when we start the new calendar year. “In Christianity, time has a fundamental importance,” Pope St. John Paul II said. “Within the dimension of time the world was created; within it the history of salvation unfolds, finding its culmination in the ‘fullness of time’ of the Incarnation.”

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New outlets in your life

Fr. Evans K Chama, M.Afr

We can think of the situations of the dead-end that we may be living in our personal lives, in our families or it could be someone else we know; the question is: what can I do to create and open new roads in such situations?

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He comes with mercy

Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino

Prepare the way of the Lord,” both the prophet of the first reading and John the Baptist in the Gospel proclaim.  Prepare the way of the Lord.  Help others to realize that they are loved by their God. Yes, sometimes we may bottom out.  Sometimes we may crash.  But we are never so bad that God wants nothing to do with us.

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Listening to the prophets of our time

Jamie Waters

The readings for the Second Sunday of Advent highlight prophets as people who can guide us on our journey closer to God….During Advent and always, we are called to listen to the prophets of our day and be inspired to live prophetic lives, always mindful of pressing issues and working tirelessly to understand and improve the world.

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Attire for the kingdom

Fr. George Smiga 

John the Baptist appears in today’s gospel proclaiming the coming kingdom of God. But John does not just tell us about the kingdom, he shows us how to live it. This is why every detail of this gospel is important. Today I would like to focus on two of them. I would like to ask why this text goes out of its way to tell us that John wore camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist.

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Do you need a little Christmas – now?

Fr. Austin Fleming

With the whole world “going Christmas” all around me – it’s not easy –  and sometimes, I just give in! … So,  I’ve started writing my “What I Want for Christmas” letter – but I don’t write to Santa Claus, I go right to the top – to God. So I thought I’d share with you my first draft of this year’s letter…

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Wastelands of discontent

Fr. John Kavanaugh, SJ

God wants none of us to perish, no good of us to be lost. As the spirituality of Alcoholics Anonymous reveals, the admission of our unmanageable exile invites us to hope for “one more powerful yet to come.” Thus we cannot save ourselves. We know we are not the Messiah. But in the promise that has been given, in the covenant that has been offered, we can find our voice and speak once again the truth…

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How to prepare for the new heavens and a new earth?

Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.

“What if?” indeed! If we knew we had such little time, how would we spend it? Rush to the nearest confessional? Seek out the people we love most? Just cower in fear?

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A voice in the desert

Joseph LaCombe

It’s only in the desert where you can truly hear God’s voice. And it’s only in the desert where God hears you most. Because it’s in the deserts of our lives where we are closest to Him. The deserts prepare us. They shape us. They break us down so that we can let God enter our soul…. We all have these deserts in our lives, these times of dryness, a trial. Whether it’s spiritual, or a depression, or an illness, a death of a loved one, or an addiction – we’ve all had these deserts we have to traverse from time to time.

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The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God

Fr. Thomas Hoisington

Jesus is not just “the reason for the season”.  Jesus is the reason for human life itself.  Jesus is the answer to every question about the meaning of human life.  The more that you humble yourself before Jesus, and say about your life what John said about his—that “He must increase, and I must decrease” [John 3:30]—then the more your life will deepen in meaning.

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Lifeissues.net website  publishes  articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.

When there are only winners

Al Carino

Does not our generosity in recognizing the goodness in others and the good they do help call out the best in them? Thus in mutually recognizing and appreciating these in each other, there are only winners.

“Raise Your Voice… Raise It And Do Not Fear.”

Frank Enderle

The prophets of the Old Testament announced the coming of the Messiah, even though they did not know exactly when or how this would come about. John the Baptist declared that the Messiah would free humanity from the oppression and sin through faith in God’s mercy and individual repentance. The preaching of John the Baptist was like a dividing line between the prophecies of the end of the Old Testament and the reality of the beginning of the New Testament.

Come In, Lord

Antonio P. Pueyo

When we say that we accept Jesus into our life and no change is happening, then perhaps we have not really allowed Him to come in yet. Perhaps He is just at the door.

Give Comfort to My People

Jeremiah R. Grosse

God is telling His people to live as though everything had been restored to them even though they do not see it yet. God does not make promises that He will not keep. Even though the people are struggling as they attempt to rebuild what had been destroyed, God tells them to go up on a high mountain and cry out in a loud voice that the people of Judah should not fear because ‘Here is your God.’

Delightful Unworthiness

Douglas P. McManaman

The experience John had of his own unworthiness was a thoroughly delightful experience; it is a heavenly experience, not the hellish experience of being in the presence of the arrogant and self-important, who are not extraordinarily good, but who desire to be regarded as such, which is why they will employ very subtle tactics to make the other feel of less worth than they.

T’is the season, Part Two

Tom Bartolomeo

Mary and Joseph conformed their lives to the concerns of a child and consequentially were united in their concerns for each other.

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