Advent 2017 Reflections

How busy are you today? You really busy today? It's amazing how easy it is to get really busy. And how often, like, in our lives, people do something stupid or get into stupid situations and it's so easy for . . .

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Day 22

How busy are you today? You really busy today? It's amazing how easy it is to get really busy. And how often, like, in our lives, people do something stupid or get into stupid situations and it's so easy for . . .

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Day 21

I love beginnings. They happen all the time. I mean every day has at least one, right? But they pop up in other ways too, those beginnings do. I recently got a new name. When Anita and I were dating . . .

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Day 20

Do you have any VDPS in your life? A VDP, very draining people? People that just seem to drain the life out of you, just drain the energy out of the room, drain the emotion from you so much so that . . .

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Day 19

As we become more and more aware of what God is doing in our lives, how God is working in our lives, how God is walking with us, we also become more and more aware of ourselves. You know the . . .

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Day 18

Do you know any needy people? Who's the neediest person you know? And how do you feel about that person? How do you feel about needy people, in general? You know, do needy people sort of annoy you? Do they . . .

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Day 17

You remember St. Peter in those famous words that Jesus said to him, "Get behind me Satan. For you are setting your mind on divine things but on human things." When we set our mind only on human things . . .

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Day 16

Most of the stupid things that human beings do, we do because we're looking for an elevated experience. Something bigger, something more, something higher, something elevated. And very often we're looking for something that will change . . .

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Day 15

This weekend as you go to Mass, it's the third Sunday of Advent. We usually call that Gaudete Sunday; "Joy Sunday." And it's John the Baptist again. John the Baptist, this time from the Gospel of John where it says . . .

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Day 14

It's a great promise and it runs all the way through the Scriptures. God says it to you and to me over and over again: hear the promise. "I will never leave you nor forsake you." In fact . . .

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Day 13

Over and over as we read the Gospels we read about Jesus doing these astounding miracles. I think sometimes we forget that our God is a God of miracles. Sometimes we . . . we treat Jesus as if He's dead. We treat Jesus . . .

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Day 12

Next year I will have been speaking and writing in churches for 25 years. And I started thinking about that a couple of months ago and in reflecting on that and the thing that really touches me as I think . . .

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Day 11

Life can turn on a dime. But I cannot begin to imagine Patrick's surprise. Patrick was a dad who had three kids. He was a husband and he was a teacher at a Catholic school when he got the news . . .

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Day 10

One of the incredible gifts that God is constantly trying to increase in us is the gift of awareness. Are we aware of things while they're actually happening? You know when your five year old daughter . . .

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Day 9

At age 39, Fay was diagnosed and the news wasn't good. Stage 4 cancer. Fay had a 13 year old daughter whom she really hoped to see graduate from high school. An 11 year old son whom she really hoped . . .

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Day 8

When you go to mass this weekend, the Gospel reading will be about John the Baptist. And you gotta admit, the people must have thought John the Baptist was crazy. Crazy! Wearing that camel hair outfit and that . . .

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Day 7

Jerry Manuel played and managed in the big leagues for most of his life. Whole career spent in baseball. And somebody interviewed him and they asked Jerry, "What was the defining moment of your career?" He answered this way . . .

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Day 6

When I was working on the Prayer Process, one of the things I was really mindful of was, you know, how do we approach God? How do different people refer to God, approach God, pray to God? Different people have . . .

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Day 5

So how hopeful are you feeling? Here we are, we're five days in. Do you feel more hopeful than you did five days ago? And maybe it's a good idea to give yourself a score between one and ten of . . .

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Day 4

Bad things happen and they happen to everyone. Even good people. Roman prisons were not nice places. They were dark, dank, and desperate. If you were in a Roman prison usually that meant that you were placed in a . . .

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Day 3

One of the things I've realized about hopelessness in my own life. I can't just sit down and think about hopelessness or think about whatever it is that brought me to this hopelessness and . . .

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Day 2

I call her Marcy and she is a marvelous lady. Marcy is passionate about her faith and she's engaged with God in everything she does. But her husband isn't . . . he wouldn't call himself an atheist but . . .

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Day 1

One of my favorite topics to talk about is dreams. One of my favorite topics to think about is dreams because you know other than free will I think it's one of the . . .

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