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Mario Artesiano, Buddy Aycock, TSB, Lois Baker, Gail Blanda, Brynn B., Tommye Cashin, Sal Cenicola, David Clarke, H.C., Patti Cundiff, Mark Davis, Barbara DeRatto, Peggy Eades, John Fedak, Mary Ann Ferguson, Rebecca Gaylor, Jacqueline Grady, Keith Griffin, John Grimsley, Charlotte Guido, WFG, Martha Hawkins, Fred Hegeman, John Helton, Cheryl & Larry Hutchinson, Fr. Wilford Logsdon, Mark Kelso, Edward & Sharon Kirk, Timothy Kite, Ben Koreski, Kathleen Koreski, H.L., Jim Loisel & Family, William Luther, Ruth Elizabeth Melvin, Anna Grace Mallon, Mary McCaughey, Tucker McKinney, George Metz, Nancy Moore, Nina & Ralph Murphy, Ed Nickey, Katy Oftedahl, Fran Owen, Frank Paul, Nell Pidgeon, MJR, Patricia Reilly, A.J. Salimando, Douglas Seaman, Richard Sedlacek, Eddie Michael Smith, Mike Stefanik, Richard Wineman, the priests serving St. William, and our service men and women.   *Newly added names to the prayer list.  Names remain on the list for 30 days, unless otherwise requested.                              

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Embracing the Great Wide Empty of Advent

As we approach the season of Advent, you may be looking forward to liturgical traditions. Perhaps you’ll be lighting the Advent candles cradled in an evergreen wreath on dark winter evenings or decorating a Jesse Tree with ornaments that tell the story of God’s love and care for humanity. Maybe you’ll play the season’s haunting hymns like O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. Each of these traditions are designed to orient our hearts toward the Incarnation. We need Advent, and not just as a liturgical season, but as an attitude in our souls oriented toward spiritual growth.  My experience of Advent was forever changed after I read the twentieth century English Catholic writer Caryll Houselander’s The Reed of God. Houselander’s writing about Mary, the Mother of God, in this beautiful spiritual classic helped me to encounter the Advent spirituality of our Lady…

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only begotten Son, that who ever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 (KJV)
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourselfJohn 3:16 (KJV)
He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved son. Through Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.Col 1, 13