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Advent 2016: In Praise of Light

caa2fa6109d5be4db305cea0d99c57b5To my surprise, I see that people are already checking for my Advent reflection resource — so I have posted the updated version of “Advent 2016: In Praise of Light.” A general description of all my Advent resources can be found at the beginning of my Advent page. Here is the description of Advent 2016:

Advent 2016 In Praise of Light  CLICK HERE  – 12 sides, complete (8.8.16). This four-session resource helps participants deepen their appreciation of the gifts of L/light and energy during this season devoted to anticipating the Light of the World. Groups consider
~ Creation’s Light
~ the Christ Light
~ Darkness in need of L/light and
~ the Light within each person and all creation.

Quotes from Laudato Si’ join quotes from saints and scientists. Time is given for reflection, prayer, sharing, and socializing.




Christmas Season 2014

We in the Northern Hemisphere have just celebrated the Winter Solstice. We were reminded how our ancestors, about five- or six-thousand years ago, created rituals and built special places to celebrate the longest night/ shortest day of the year: the return of light.

article-0-0C4EBD83000005DC-238_634x422Contemporary visitors to Stonehenge in England (pictured) and Newgrange in Ireland might not understand everything about how these monuments were constructed or what, exactly, happened at them, but the experience of being there connects visitors to the relatively recent past of our human race. Waiting in the darkness of the longest night of the year, watching the precise slit where light would shine, and then seeing it radiate must have been overwhelming to those who did not understand their solar system as we can now do.

NativityIt’s hard for Christians today to experience total darkness. Nevertheless, we celebrate Light at  Christmas. We picture a bright star, angels in a brilliant sky, and light radiating either from, or onto, the Holy Child Jesus with Mary and Joseph.

We rejoice, more than our Neolithic relatives could have understood, that a new moment in the irreversible developmental process of our Universe has arrived. The babe is born in poverty — no conspicuous consumption or consumerism here! Every person of the human race, whatever color, is welcome — no documents required, or social standing. How might those lessons enlighten our current civilizations?

When his time came, Jesus introduced himself as “the Light of the world” and promised that those who followed him would have the light of life. We know that the light of his life and his teachings are challenging to follow: he broke cultural laws when the good of others was at stake; he forgave his enemies; he loved those who betrayed and persecuted him; he gave what he could to the poor, sharing unconditionally; he was at home with the world he experienced and respected, and we cannot imagine his abusing or wasting any part of it; . . . .

The Light of his life and of his love penetrates our whole cosmos. May our eyes and hearts grow increasingly sensitive to this Light as we celebrate Christmas and begin a New Year!

Best wishes to everyone for a blessed holiday season!