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Quiet Little Town

Quiet little town, silent starry night; The manger waits in joyful expectancy. Nobody knew the gift they’d receive Just by answering the...

Peace in the Chaos

While visiting the Church of the Nativity in September, I was stuck by the chaos-the un-orderly crowds pushing forward, the elbows, and...

Hearts and Homes

Today's Readings For the final Wednesday in Advent, as we get closer to Christmas, Jessica reminds us to continue to prepare our hearts,...

Emmanuel

Today's Readings Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means "God is with us." Every...

An Advent Hymn

(To the tune of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas) Have yourself a hopeful little Advent Allow your heart to ponder Mary knows our...

Creating Justice

Today's Readings For the third Wednesday in Advent, Jessica reflects on God as Creator of Justice and reminds us of our role in that as...

The Saint of Light

As we continue to prepare our hearts and homes to enter into the Christmas season to celebrate Christ, who brought light into a dark...

How Long, O Lord?

An Advent Conversation with Psalm 34 I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. How long between David’s prayer and God’s answer? How long...

For this Baby, We Have Rejoiced!

Today's Readings Christmas was always a big deal in my family growing up. Our house was decked out from top to bottom, inside and out,...

Still Waiting

Today's Readings For the second Wednesday in Advent, Jessica reflects on the importance of growing our relationship with God in our waiting.

Let It Begin with Me

“…on earth peace and good will toward men and women” (paraphrased from Luke 2:14). I long for peace on earth and good will between all...

Preparing

Today's Readings We are often told we need to always be prepared. Whether that is for a work meeting, a presentation we are giving for...

The pilgrimage of Advent

A couple of days before I departed for a pilgrimage to the holy land, I got around to reading the paperwork they sent. One of the pieces...

Renewing Hope

Today's Readings For the first Wednesday in Advent, Jessica reflects on the hope found in this reading for the first century Christians...

The Advent Pilgrimage

As we begin the Advent season, I offer a bit of poetry and a bit of a prayer. Reflecting on preparation for Christmas, I was inspired by...

Waiting in the Dark

Today's Readings I can safely say patience is not my strength. Just yesterday morning, I had one of those blow up moments as a parent...

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...

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