Monthly Archives: December 2013

Week of January 5, 2014

A well-circulated Hasidic tale tells the story of a rabbi quizzing his students.  He asked, “How can we determine the hour of dawn, when the night ends and the day begins?”  One of the students suggested, “Day begins when, from a distance you can distinguish between a dog and a sheep.” “No,” answered the rabbi.  […]

Week of December 29, 2013

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family.  St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians points to elements that help to make a family holy: Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience Bearing with one another and forgiving one another Over all of these put on love, that is the bond of perfection And be […]

Week of December 22, 2013

We are only a few days away from Christmas.  On this fourth Sunday of Advent we are given Scripture readings which challenge us in how we see Advent and Christmas.  Below are a couple of reflections which help us to take another look at this season we celebrate.  The first is from Sr. Mary McGlone. […]

Week of December 15, 2013

Most Isaiah experts believe that Chapters 34 and 35 were composed long after First Isaiah’s eighth-century B.C.E. ministry.  They probably took shape more than 200 years later, after the Babylonian Exile.  Those who had returned from that mid-sixth-century deportation quickly discovered they had a row to hoe.  Most had to start from scratch.  Jerusalem was […]

Week of December 8, 2013

We welcome Msgr. Offutt to Holy Spirit Parish this weekend. He speaks to us about the need of the Diocesan “Forward in Faith” Campaign. Msgr. Offutt is the Vicar General for our diocese until the end of December when he will become the pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Clinton, Mo. He has served our […]