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Reflections over Morning Coffee

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

By Pat Haggerty



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
 
Saints PDF Print E-mail

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

It seems that every family has a month that is particularly loaded with birthdays and anniversaries. That holds true for us, and the month is October. There is my grand-daughter’s birthday, my daughter and son-in-law’s anniversary, my husband’s birthday, my son-in-law’s birthday---and so it goes.

Like birthday celebrations, feast days are days of importance in the Church. Looking at a liturgical calendar, it is interesting to note when certain saints are celebrated. It is even more interesting to read a vignette of the saint’s life. October is of particular interest, as many well-known saints have their feast days during this month. Among them are Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower, on October 1; Francis of Assisi, founder of the first Friars Minor, on October 4; Teresa of Avila, the great saint of Carmel, on October 15; Luke, physician and evangelist, on October 18; and John Paul II, a saint of our times, on October 22.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 October 2014 15:10
 
Change our Hearts PDF Print E-mail

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

Fall is my favorite season!  I just love the changing leaves, the crisp air and the brisk mornings.  Everything about it makes me sensitized to the grandeur of God’s creation and to the blessings He bestows on us through the beauty of nature.  It is as if the earth is resplendent with a multi-colored quilt created just for us.

Last week I was driving to work and had to visit a school in a fairly rural setting of Massachusetts.  At one point during my drive, I had to stop the car.  I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the surrounding landscape.  The foliage was breath-taking.  I paused for a few moments to take it all in---the transformation that had taken place in the trees was astounding.  I had to thank God for that moment and for the picturesque canvas of color surrounding me.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 11:55
 
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