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Gregory of Nanzianzus: Pondering the Nature of Christ

December 9, 2016

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It’s Advent, the first season on Christianity’s calendar, traditionally a period of prayer, fasting, and meditation with an eye on Christ’s second coming, or Advent. Among other things, we can ponder the nature of Christ, who — quite literally — showed us God’s face.

Gregory of Nazianzus, one of the three fourth-century venerated Cappadocian Fathers and Archbishop of Constantinople, pondered Christ’s nature in this meditation. I’ve taken it to heart.

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Mary & Joseph: Walking through the unknown toward destiny

December 24, 2014

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We can take as our models Mary and Joseph, who had the right to be the two most confused people in history, who were confronted with something utterly baffling, but did what God was asking of them, anyway … Mary and Joseph do three simple but essential things: they listen, they trust, they love.

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A true tale of power gone bad and the need for a real Advent

November 30, 2012

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Want reasons for the restoration of the penitential Advent? Surf to the PBS News Hour website and click on its November 23rd broadcast. Watch the segment entitled, “Iran Cracks Down on Dissidents, Human Rights Attorneys, and Journalists.” Behold the microcosm of twisted humanity – complete with perverted, wrong-is-right ethics, evil rulers who think they’re good, and imprisoned innocent mothers. Stop this world. I want to leap off and land in a universe where love is not just a word in a bar-room pick-up line.

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Liberating Advent and escaping the mire

December 10, 2011

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I feel the ground rumble as the panic-stricken advertisers stampede. Someone just told them we should rescue Advent from its kidnappers and let it roam all year. Advent was meant to be a season of prayer and fasting, with the look and feel of Lent. The shopping malls would open late and close early. We would slow down and dwell in Christ. Activists would join contemplatives in the ancient disciplines of stillness, meditation and contemplation — all of which would kindle a cool fire enflamed with resolve, conviction, compassion, and contentment. We’d be peaceful enthusiasts, free from the allure of gaudy knick-knacks forged from the fossils’ ooze.

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Video of the month: An underground Christmas celebration

November 13, 2011

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The commercials are already on the air, so we’ll show this video from our friends at The Advent Conspiracy — even though it isn’t Advent yet. There is no law mandating that we get stressed out at this time of year. Really. Honest.

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