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Giving Bones to Hope

On our way to 5 p.m. Mass on the first Sunday of Advent, my 4 year old complained that she didn’t like the dark. She also complained that...

Darkness/Light

For years, one of my favorite Advent rituals was to curate and post some version of the following on Instagram: There was something...

Christmas Tree Blessing

Of all the Christmas preparations I complete annually, decorating the Christmas tree is my favorite. Since my husband and I set a tree...

Save Us From Ourselves, O Lord

Today's Readings Our Advent longing and waiting enters the final week today. As Christmas Day is next Saturday, this year we get to...

Baking Bread

I have always romanticized the idea of having freshly baked bread around all the time. During days of pandemic solitude last year, I took...

Dumplings, Companionship, & Passing Time

The first time I was pregnant, we called the baby ‘pierogi.’ As someone who loves to cook and shares that love with dear friends, we had...

In the Bleak Midwinter, There's St. Lucy's Day

I first encountered St. Lucy’s Day like I assume all little girls who grew up in the 1990s did; which is to say that I read about her in...

By Your Pupils You'll Be Taught

Today's Readings By the time these words are posted, it will have been just over two weeks since the death of Stephen Sondheim, the...

Courageous Spirit

Today's Readings Today is a special day in my religious congregation, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM). It is...

I’m Not God

Today's Readings I have a sticky note on my laptop that says, “I’m not God.” You may be thinking, who is this woman that believes she is...

Remember Your Roots

A blog for women seems an unlikely place to find a reflection for St. Andrew. One of the fishermen called by Jesus to be fishers of men...

Family Tree - The Jesse Tree

When I was young, holiday time meant listening to stories about family, about my grandpa who was a firefighter, his brothers who were...

An Advent of Justice & Love

Today’s Readings One of my favorite parts of Advent is the time we spend hearing from the prophets, especially Jeremiah and Isaiah....

Looking forward to Advent

This weekend starts the season of Advent. We're so excited to have a full schedule of new material to share with you. You'll see the...

O Emmanuel

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God! On this last night of Advent, we call to you our God to come! O...

O King of All Nations

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust! God you are the keystone, that which...

Mary's No

Today’s Readings - Including the Gospel referenced below. Mary is frequently portrayed as docile, head bowed, the very picture of...

O Radiant Dawn

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death. God,...

O Key of David

O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom: come and free the prisoners of darkness! God, so many of us are bound by...