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Who Is My Neighbor? Answered by a Touching Christmas Commercial

December 29, 2017 1 Comment
Who Is My Neighbor? Answered by a Touching Christmas Commercial

In these days of nearly instant information availability, we think we know a lot about people, things, and issues. Truth be told, we may know more in a quantitative sense but less in a qualitative sense. Too much information can make us less discerning. The Christmas commercial below is touching and enlightening at the same […]

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The Truer Gift at Christmas – As Seen in a Commercial

December 22, 2017 0 Comments
The Truer Gift at Christmas – As Seen in a Commercial

There is an old saying that the greatest things in life aren’t things. Our greatest gifts are those we love, beginning with God and extending to one another. One of the great dangers at Christmastime (and with life in general) is that we maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, or, as Jesus puts it, […]

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No One Goes Away from Jesus Unchanged – As Seen in a Christmas Commercial

December 25, 2015 2 Comments
No One Goes Away from Jesus Unchanged – As Seen in a Christmas Commercial

The video below is a Coca-Cola commercial from several years ago that takes up the Christmas theme of the star of Christmas. Let us review the impact that the star of Christmas had on the wise men, the Magi. The star moved them to seek meaning outside themselves; it made them look out and up. […]

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A Knock at Midnight – Christmas, Midnight Homily

December 24, 2015 2 Comments
A Knock at Midnight – Christmas, Midnight Homily

In this reflection, perhaps we can consider but one line in the Gospel which both challenges our love, and is a sign of God’s humble and abiding love for us: For there was no room for them in the Inn. I. The Cold – There is a knock at midnight. Joseph, speaking on behalf of […]

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Is There Anyone You Know Who Might Have Been Forgotten This Christmas?

December 25, 2014 8 Comments
Is There Anyone You Know Who Might Have Been Forgotten This Christmas?

Christmas is a beautiful time of the year for most of us, most of the time. But it is also true that Christmas can be a very painful time of year for some, especially those who have experienced recent loss or who, for various reasons, have fewer family options at Christmas. Yes, Christmas can be […]

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I Hear Music in the Air! – A Homily for Christmas

December 24, 2014 13 Comments
I Hear Music in the Air! – A Homily for Christmas

The mysteries of Christmas are many. Among them is the mystery of the music heard that night. The angels shouted the great declaration, “Glory to God in the Highest,” and creation takes it up as a song. But why this music? Is it merely window dressing, or does it disclose a mystery to us? Is it merely […]

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Why is Christmas a Nighttime Event?

December 23, 2014 12 Comments
Why is Christmas a Nighttime Event?

O Holy night! Yes, a silent night! And it came upon a midnight clear. Christmas, it would seem, is a festival of the middle of the night. Jesus is born when it is dark, dark midnight. We are sure of it. And why not? Even though we are not told the exact hour of His birth, […]

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Christmas Isn’t Perfect – So Find Christ in Your Real Christmas

December 19, 2014 9 Comments
Christmas Isn’t Perfect – So Find Christ in Your Real Christmas

Most of us have a perfect Christmas in mind. Often it is the creation of Hallmark, Currier & Ives, and various marketers. But none of us will have a perfect Christmas, just a real one. The First Christmas wasn’t perfect either. In fact, the only way to describe it is to call it a crisis. Mary […]

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