Fourth Sunday of Advent reflection by Mary Schwarz

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He shall be peace.” (Micah 5:4)

            There is phrase that I’ve seen a few times on a coffee mug or a meme that goes: “No Jesus, no peace. Know Jesus, know peace.” It does have a catchy ring to it with its play on words but it is a phrase bearing profound truth. In my own life, I can remember a time (before college), when I did not “know” Jesus in a personal way, in a way that touched my experience and all the fibers of my heart. And now there’s been the time in which I have known Him, and it’s like night and day.

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Third Sunday of Advent reflection by Martina Ricca

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Today in class, one of my sixth graders asked if Jesus had a last name. Traditionally, Jewish last names were the prefix “Bar-” followed by the first name of the father; so, Jesus’ last name on paper would have been Barjoseph. This innocent inquiry sparked a number of other questions and I watched as hands flew into the air. I looked over at Kelly Deehan and we exchanged a few quick glances that said, “Should we answer all these questions? Should we continue with the lesson? Is it fair to answer a few questions?

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Second Sunday of Advent reflection by Lori Howard

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In this week’s Gospel from Luke, John the Baptist challenges us to repent of our sin and to seek God. This is one of the central themes of Advent - to renew our relationship with God. On our way home from Mass last week, my children asked me for concrete answers as to what it means to prepare in Advent. We are often told to make Advent preparations, that it is a time for spiritual renewal and a time to open our hearts to God. But what does that really mean? How should we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ?

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