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Reflections over Morning Coffee

Pat HaggertyReflections over Morning Coffee
Spiritual site in a noisy world…

By Pat Haggerty



Sing to the Lord PDF Print E-mail

Sing to the Lord

Do we ever pay attention to the Entrance Antiphon at Mass? In many ways, it is like the prologue in a novel or the welcome note in a playbill. It says a lot in a very short and simple manner.

In reviewing some of the readings for the Mass, I discovered that the Entrance Antiphons for the Second Sunday and the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time both relate to singing. The Second Sunday Antiphon reads: “All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to you, shall sing to your name, O Most High!”  Similarly, the Third Sunday Antiphon is as follows: “O sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth. In his presence are majesty and splendor, strength and honor in his holy place.”

 
God’s Love PDF Print E-mail

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

Just as everyone has their Christmas traditions, so too, do we have our post-Christmas traditions or rituals. Some people like to take the tree down the day after the holy day. When it’s over, it’s over! Others, like me, prefer to languish in the beauty of the season and keep the tree and decorations up at least until the Epiphany. I hate to lose sight of that beautiful, glistening tree bedecked with ornaments that have meaning. Many hold a story and one can reminisce quite easily on the angel from Hawaii, the ceramic penguin given by a student, the red ball that has lost its luster after over 50 years.

 
Be Like a Shepherd PDF Print E-mail

Star Of BethlehemStar Of Bethlehem

By Pat Haggerty

Christmas is so intrinsically tied to gifts and gift-giving.  As young children we make lists and we send them to Santa.  Now, the children are even watched by the “Elf on the Shelf” to make sure they are good!  The adults make lists too---but, of those gifts they need to buy.  We spend hours either shopping in malls or shopping on line looking for just the right things!  It becomes an obsession.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 09:26
 
Wisdom of the Grinch PDF Print E-mail

Patt HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

Now that Advent is upon us, we can settle down to the business of preparation.  I mean real preparation!  I am not talking about the shopping, the baking, the decorating, the lists of things to do or the parties that one must plan for.  I am talking about that inner preparation, that deep reflection, that transformation that leads to preparing one’s heart for the welcoming of the Christ Child.

Sometimes we can find wisdom in the strangest places.  There is a line from How the Grinch Stole Christmas that says it all:  “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.  Maybe Christmas. . .perhaps. . .means a little bit more!”

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 15:26
 
Good and Faithful PDF Print E-mail

God bless our veterans!By Pat Haggerty

Throughout the gospels we are called upon to do many things and to be many things.  We are asked to be like little children (Luke 18:17); we are prompted to be cheerful givers (2Corinthians 9:7); and we are asked to forgive (Luke 6:37).  In the gospel for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are asked to use our talents wisely.

In Matthew’s gospel (25:14-30), we hear about the parable of the man who gave his servants some talents.  Two of the servants took those talents and multiplied them.  The third servant buried the talent out of fear and returned it to his master as it was given.  What does this parable say to us?  Do we use the gifts God has given us?  Do we live in fear and not develop what is in us?  Do we nurture the talents that we have, celebrating them as gifts from God?

Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 12:24
 
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