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    Stay focused on Christmas!

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    Reflection provided by Fr. Jack Peterson

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Christmas Day is celebrated for eight days in the Church. We call it the Octave of Christmas.  It ends on January 1 with the feast of the Mary, the Mother of God.

    It is very easy to be distracted during Christmas by a flurry of activities such as enjoyable gatherings with family and friends, returning gifts to the Mall and some extra time for rest. While these are good things, time for prayer easily gets bumped out of our day. I want to encourage you to take time out to pray and reflect upon the great mystery of Christmas this week. Stop by a church or chapel and enjoy some quiet time of prayer in imitation of the Blessed Mother, “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart” (Lk 2: 19).

    Here are a few Scripture passages and questions that might be helpful to you.

    “She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger…” (Lk 2: 7).

    • Can you imagine Mary’s first hug of the Christ-child?

    “Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over the flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them…” (Lk 2: 8-9).

    • Why did the Angel appear to shepherds?
    • Jacob, Moses and David were shepherds…
    • Jesus would proclaim, “I am the Good Shepherd.”
    • The lowly are often open to God’s presence and action in this world.
    • They teach us how to worship the Christ child with deep, humble faith.

    “…laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn” (Lk 2: 7)

    • Did the animals in the stable sense something unusual?
    • You know how pets can sense when we are sick or in morning?
    • Did they grasp that something unusual was going on in their stable?

    “I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord” (Lk 2: 10-11).

    • How do I allow the beauty of this mystery to bring “great joy” into my life?

    The Road of Life

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    Fr. Jack shares a modern day parable about how we need to trust God on the Road of Life.

    The Good Shepherd

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    Fr. Jack shares 3 scripture passages that point towards how Jesus cares for us as the Good Shepherd.

    Food for the Soul: Faith in Action

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    Fr. Jack’s monthly Food for the Soul this past week was about how our faith needs to take form through actions, highlighting the importance of the laity to bring the faith into the world.

    Come Have Breakfast

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    Fr. Jack shares a couple moments from the Gospel when Jesus desires to feed those who came to Him. Jesus invites us to eat with Him and of Him.

    Food for the Soul: Why Lent?

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    As Lent begins, Fr. Jack gives his thoughts on why we celebrate the season of Lent. He proposes many ways in which we can grow in holiness, particularly through prayer and fasting.

    Food for the Soul: The Seven Hugs of Mary

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    Fr. Jack shares a reflection the seven moments in Mary’s life where she shared a hug to express her maternal care.

    Three Christmas Reflections

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    Christmas Reflection from Fr. Jack

    Christmas Reflection from Fr. Jack

    Fr. Jack offers 3 brief reflections on Christmas as we approach the end of Advent and the celebration of Jesus’ birth.

    Food for the Soul: Jubilee of Mercy

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    This is the logo for the Holy Year of Mercy, which opens Dec. 8 and runs until Nov. 20, 2016. (CNS/courtesy of Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization) See JUBILEE-MERCY May 5, 2015.

    This is the logo for the Holy Year of Mercy, which opens Dec. 8 and runs until Nov. 20, 2016. (CNS/courtesy of Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization)

    On December 8th, Pope Francis opened the Holy Doors in Rome to begin the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Fr. Jack gives some background to what this year will mean for the Church and how we can take part in this Year of Mercy.

    Advent Reflection 2015

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    Advent Reflection from Fr. Jack

    Advent Reflection from Fr. Jack

    Take some time this Advent to reflect on the gift of wonder and awe. Fr. Jack offers his challenge to take seriously the Advent season.

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