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Advent through Christmas -- 2007

Wednesday, December 5, First Week in Advent

Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there. Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel. Matthew 15:29-37

Jesus came to reshape human society and create a new order in the world – the reign of God. These miraculous healings are signs of what Jesus came to accomplish.

Jesus isn’t showing off his power. Nor is he scrambling to go around and heal every sick person in the world. He is preaching through signs that show what the reign of God is like. He is showing us the future and calling us to be part of bringing it about.

Even though we can’t perform miracles, we can join in the Lord’s work through acts of kindness, forgiveness, peace. These signs change the world (and us) for the better, and help reveal the reign of God..

Christmas is less than three weeks away. There is a spirit of friendship in the air that actually makes it easier to reach out to others. No one would think us strange if out of the blue we “miraculously” touched another person’s life with a simple note, a Christmas card, a phone call, a visit, a kind gift, a word asking forgiveness…a word giving forgiveness.

It’s in the air, there for the asking.

Spend some quiet time with the Lord.


21 posted on 12/06/2007 4:29:44 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Joyce Kilmer

Thursday, December 6, First Week in Advent

Bork in New Jersey on this date in 1886, Joyce Kilmer graduated from Columbia University. A writer and editor, he worked as an editor on Funk and Wagnall’s Dictionary, was literary editor of the Anglican newspaper, The Churchmen, and a feature writer at The New York Times.

In 1913, Kilmer converted to Catholicism and today is considered a major Catholic poet. His deep religious beliefs can be seen in his poem, "Prayer of a Soldier in France.” Perhaps his best known work is his poem, “Trees” (“I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree…”)

In 1917, the United States declared war on Germany. As a married man with children, Kilmer did not have to enlist…but he did. With the assistance of legendary chaplain, Fr. Francis Duffy, Kilmer transferred to the 165th Infantry (Once called the Fighting 69th, a primarily Catholic regiment from New York City.)

As a member of the intelligence staff, Kilmer was protected from the front lines, but the young man would not be kept out of action.

On July 30, 1918, the 31 year old Kilmer was killed by a sniper’s bullet. He is buried in France

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Actor Jeffrey Lynn portrayer Kilmer in the 1940 film, “The Fighting 69th. in which veteran actor Pat O’Brien played Father Duffy.

Today is the Memorial of St. Nicholas


22 posted on 12/09/2007 5:24:59 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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