O Radiant Dawn

(“O” Antiphon for December 21) It’s nearly the winter solstice; days continue to grow shorter and sometimes the nights seem endless. Perhaps it seems more so this year with the mayhem that an uncontrollable virus has wreaked on us. Not too often do we experience the utter powerlessness that comes…

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Meditatio Spawned by COVID-19

At my recent Medicare annual wellness visit, I was struck by how many times the nurse assistant and then my doctor came back to the issue of how I am socializing in the midst of this pandemic. After the doctor and I had a conversation about how COVID-19 has caused…

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Second Candle

With evening prayer last Sunday we lit the second candle on our Advent wreath. There was something comforting about that added light in the midst of the winter darkness. It was almost as though it was saying, “All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of…

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Last Rose of Summer

As we moved deeper into fall, I started hedging my bets. Every couple of days I picked one or two rose buds in the event that the fall’s first freeze would bring the bloom season to an end. This was a particularly advantageous summer for our pink roses. They bloomed…

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Thanksgiving – Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving, it may have felt like there was little in 2020 to give thanks for: a record-breaking hurricane season; wildfires that have burned over 8 million acres of land in the United States, including homes and businesses; destructive flooding in other parts of the world; never-ending wars and conflicts…

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