Posts tagged Christmas

Hearing the Songs of the Holy Land.

On Christmas Eve evening, after listening to quite a lot of Micheal Franti I decided a change was needed to our ‘soundtrack.’ I wanted something a bit Christmassy but in the end I picked a Palestinian singer we had come across a few years ago at Greenbelt. What happened when I started to listen was […]

Encountering Life in the Incarnation.

My thoughts about the Holy Family took me back a few days to the feast of St John the Apostle on 27th December. Time and again we see in John’s writing his struggle to put into words the experience he had of know Jesus. It comes in the prologue to his Gospel and again in […]

Small and Unseen

While preparing our Christmas lunch on Christmas Eve, I listened to Fr Robert Barron’s reflection on Luke’s Nativity. He begins by describing Virgil’s Aeneid and how the story of Aeneas influenced the Emperors of Rome, particularly the Emperor of Jesus’ time Augustus. Fr Barron then goes on to explore how Luke uses the Power of […]

Life in Nazareth: Thoughts on the Holy Family.

Yesterday was the celebration of the Holy Family. The readings from the saints was an address by  Pope Paul  VI on the life of the Holy Family’s life at Nazareth. This can be found on last year’s post for this feast. This year, talking about the Holy Family with Neil, I thought about the life […]

The Feast of Stephen.

This morning, still full of the joy of our celebrations, I was struck by the reading from the saints in the office of readings. As St Fulgentius, this morning points out we move straight from the celebration of Christ’s coming to thinking about Stephen, the first martyr. Many of the early Christian writers identify parallels […]

Hidden, then revealed.

I often find there are levels or strands to my spiritual life that manage to exist at the same time, even though they seem different. I was aware of two during Christmas and into Epiphany. I came out of Advent thinking about one of the things that had been said in the third Advent group. […]