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Entries for December 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters:         May Christmas joy fill your hearts and your homes! May Christmas joy fill you no matter how good or bad the daily news may be. May you have joy in the face of health challenges, money challenges, family challenges, and neighborhood challenges. May you have joy that can’t be t...

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“Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices” O Holy Night My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On this my fifteenth Christmas as your Bishop, I pray that the blessings and peace of the newborn Savior be yours in abundance and that you may know anew the depth of God...

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"There is one ... coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie." Untying sandal straps was no prestigious job. In the days of John the Baptist, those straps would have been especially unpleasant to deal with. Besides the usual odors that accompany sockless leather footwear, there would have been the grime and dir...

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"People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him." John the Baptist commanded quite a crowd. What was the attraction? Was it his unusual appearanceclothed in camel's hair? Perhaps it was his bizarre eating habits-feeding on locusts and wild honey. Or maybe people were captiva...

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"Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come." On this First Sunday of Advent, Jesus gives us a wakeup call. This is no time for slumber. Now is the time to be on our toes, alert, attentive, ready. But for what? For the coming of "the Lord of the house." During Advent, the Church does her best to hel...

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