25 December, Friday — Do Not Be Afraid

Brothers and sisters, we continue our tradition of introducing new contributors during the Christmas season by welcoming Felicia Zou, who is a little unsure about what to include in her bio. To her, it is more important is what she writes -- that her reflections may, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, provide readers... Continue Reading →

25 December, Friday — Seeking the Light

Brothers and sisters, this morning we welcome Jaclyn Lam, a cradle Catholic seeking to deepen her relationship with God and to encounter Him every day in everyone around her. Though it usually feels as if she stumbles one well-intentioned step forward only to flounder two emotional steps back, her faith has been strengthened by key... Continue Reading →

5 December, Saturday — The Season of ‘Giving’

Saturday of the 1st Week of Advent Isa 30:19-21,23-26Mt 9:35-10:1,5,6-8 “You received without charge, give without charge.” Christmas fills me with dread every year. Somewhere along the line, we allowed Christmas to morph into this superficial, materialistic ‘winner take all’ contest, to see who can give and receive the coolest gifts. I know for a... Continue Reading →

4 December, Friday — Anger

Dec 4 – Memorial for St. John Damascene, priest, doctor of the Church St. John Damascene was born in Damascus about 675. After holding public office for a time, he withdrew to the monastery of Sabas near Jerusalem. He wrote ‘The Fount of Wisdom’, in which he presented a comprehensive teaching on Christian doctrine, which had... Continue Reading →

3 December, Thursday — Our House

Dec 3 – Feast of St. Francis Xavier, presbyter, religious, missionary (Principal Patron of Foreign Missions) St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552) was a nobleman from the Basque region. He studied and taught philosophy at the University of Paris, and planned a career as a professor. He was a friend of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who convinced him... Continue Reading →

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