A Time of Hope

+JMJ+ It’s here! The week leading up to Christmas! Whew! We’ve had some cold weather here and we’re expecting a few days of lows around 16-18 degrees for Christmas Eve and Christmas night. But it’s not so brutal right now and pretty comfy in the den where I’m writing this. Let’s get a fresh cup of tea, then we can take a quick look at a book in my favorite devotional series, In Conversation with God, Daily Meditations, Volume One, Advent and Christmastide, and the reading for yesterday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

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A is for Advent and Apparition, Too

Our Lady of Guadalupe

+JMJ+ Greetings, y’all! I have some things to share with you!

  • First, something from the reading for today, the Third Monday in Advent, from In Conversation with God, Vol 1, by Fr. Francis Fernandez Carvajal. (The longer I use this series of reflections, the more I treasure it.)
  • Second, a video about Advent.
  • Third, a video about the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe since her feast day is today.
  • Fourth, something about Our Lady of Guadalupe and the tilma.
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And the winner is…

+JMJ+ Greetings, y’all! The Advent Giveaway 2022 is now closed and the winner is (drumroll, please!): Ahem! Mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-what? Oh, no, no, not me. Gail Cohee, it’s you, nobody but you, so come on down! I’ll send out your email in a few minutes and as soon as you reply with your address, I’ll get your book ordered. You should be able to get it sometime this next week. Now an announmcement will go go out in email to subscribers, and on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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3 Things to Share Tonight, Time-Sensitive!

+JMJ+ Greetings, y’all. I’ve got three things to share with you, all time-sensitive: a reminder about our current flash giveaway for Advent, the Worldwide Women’s Rosary, and a Christmas Novena. All of these are soon to take place or happening now, so this post will be brief and to the point. Let’s go!

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The Advent Giveaway is Live – Closed

+JMJ+ I’m giving away a copy of Volume One, meditations for Advent and Christmas, in my favorite devotional book series, In Conversation with God, published by Scepter. Hurry and enter, entries close at midnight, Dec. 8, 2022. Read more and enter the giveaway.

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Advent just began and I’m behind already

+JMJ+ Okay, here’s the real post I posted about in the last post that was telling you about the real post that I was gonna post after posting the post about posting the post that–what the heck was I saying?

I know I said I’d tell you about what I’ve been up to but I don’t know who’d really wanna hear it. It’s mostly been fixing things that broke, uninstalling and re-installing software, discovering that the computer I bought for my little home studio works surprisingly well with most of my software, but apparently hates my MIDI keyboard that works perfectly well with other operating systems. 

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The Great Antiphons of Advent

+JMJ+ The final few days before Christmas are here already and once again Advent has snuck up on me ad has flown, and I mean, FLOWN past me. I’ve barely begun to work on my Christmas to-do list, for the blog or for the house. Sigh. And so I begin again, deciding what matters most and putting that first and letting other things go. 

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Advent and The Spiritual Life

+JMJ+ I know we’re well into Advent now but there’s still time to prepare for Christmas and for the Second Coming of Christ, which is mostly what it’s about. So I’ve linked some videos below that will help us out. First, an introduction to the Mass Readings Explained series over at Catholic Productions. There’s a video introduction to the series on that page, and they even offer a 14-day free trial. If you haven’t watched any of Dr. Pitre’s videos before, well, why not? You’re missing out on some really good stuff! 

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The Jewish Roots of Advent

+JMJ+ I got this last year, I think, and I’m going to listen to it again for Advent this year, which is already here. Yikes! We’re in the second week! How did time get away from me again? Like it always does. Sigh. Video and links below. :)

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Anticipation Past and Present

I suppose a word that sums up tonight’s post is “Anticipation.” Anticipating the Savior’s Birth in Bethlehem. And memories of anticipating my full reception into the Catholic Church in 1996. And after I wrote this post I discovered something I want to share with you. If you wanna skip to the end for that, I’ll understand.

+JMJ+ So good to have seen some tweets by people being received into Holy Mother Church these last few weeks. In the midst of all the unrest and turmoil, nothing makes my heart gladder than to see others discover and embrace the Truth of Christ and answer His call to come home to His Church. Makes me remember my own reception on that Easter Vigil in ’96.

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