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Finding God in our lives
is quite simple.
We just have to take
the time to look.

Beloved

I don’t usually do the word of the year thing, and I don’t really do resolutions very well. I just can’t keep to one thing for an entire year. This year, though, God pretty clearly gave me a word that would be my focus. Beloved. I will say that I was pretty curious at the beginning of the year, and I was looking forward to a lot of love, hugs, and feel-good moments to come. Wouldn’t you? Well, I’m here to tell you that it didn’t go quite as planned. Yes, there were some wonderful moments. In fact, there were lots of positive moments that affirmed and applauded who I am and what I am doing. There were many people who told me that they treasured and valued me. My daughter got engaged to a won

So close!

As we say in our house, “It’s Christmas Eve Eve!” Two days left. It’s almost time for that most holy of nights when we stop all the preparation and receive the gift we have been waiting for. Whether your Advent has been filled with Christmas carols and daily devotional reflections, with stress and way too many commitments and hassles, or with pain and sorrow, the wait is coming to a close. It’s almost time to put everything down and come to the stable. We don’t have to be perfect. We don’t have to bring anything. We just have to come. We will find Him wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger - a feeding trough. From the beginning of Jesus’ life, everything about Him tells us that

Delight in the Lord

In this season of Advent, we’re waiting for Jesus to enter into our world. Whether it is for the first time or the twentieth time, we’re waiting. So how do we know when Jesus arrives? Most of us won’t follow a star, or even see a bright light when it happens. It’s more subtle than that, but at the same time, so much more powerful. We’ll know that He has arrived in our lives when our hearts start to transform into His. Isaiah tells us what the heart of the Messiah will look like: The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.

Finding and Bringing Jesus into our Advent

“Who am I, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43) As Mary arrives to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist, she doesn’t say a word before Elizabeth proclaims what she knows. Mary is pregnant with the Messiah. John recognized it in the womb, and Elizabeth understood his joy. And Mary hadn’t said a word. We are not quite at the panic-level days of December when we have to pay exorbitant prices for shipping or just make a card with a picture saying, “It’s in the mail,” but the pressure is definitely rising. At least it is for me, since I haven’t even put my shopping list together, much less started looking for the gifts. Maybe your December is goi

Preparing Your Hearts and Homes for Christmas - and Freebies!

Growing up, my family's motto was always "Better late than never!" We almost always made it to Mass in time for the homily, and usually in time for the first reading. At a family reunion with well over one hundred people, there was not a single event that started less than half an hour after the posted start time. It was even on the t-shirts we made for the reunion! You may have even noticed that this post is a day or so late... If you're like me, or maybe if you're still looking for ways to make your Advent more meaningful, I have a couple of things for you. I'm speaking today and tomorrow at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Their Mother's group is simply amazing, a

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Karen May

Inspirational Catholic Writer and Speaker

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