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Emmanuel--God With US

I am feeling under the weather today due to a cold.  I was hoping to write but it is just not happening. In the meantime I read this article by Ronald Rolheiser, OMI in the Dec. 23 edition of the Boston Pilot. It beautifully sums up the message I had hoped to deliver.. Merry Christmas everyone
Incarnation – God is with Us December 19, 2016
For many of us, I suspect, it gets harder each year to capture the mood of Christmas. About the only thing that still warms are hearts are memories, memories of younger, more na├»ve, days when the lights and carols, Christmas trees and gifts, still excited us.  But we’re adult now and so too, it seems, is our world. Much of our joy in anticipating Christmas is blunted by many things, not least by the commercialism that today is characterized by excess. By late October we already see Christmas decorations, Santa is around in November, and December greets us with series of Christmas parties which exhaust us long before December 25th. So how ca…

Anointing of the Sick

Last night at evening prayer our community celebrated the Anointing of the Sick.  It was a beautiful ceremony, one that left me feeling a special kind of inner peace. It is also a sacrament that is not understood by many so I thought that I would use this blog post to enlighten my readers on how this sacrament is to be used and understood.

   Many people still think of anointing  as something done only at the time of death.  While it can be done then the Church has reflected on the development of this beautiful sacrament and want us to be annointed as soon as any serious or ongoing disease is detected in us. This is why many parishes now have communal anointing services.  We in the Franciscan Ministry of the Word often do anointing as part of our parish mission and in my friar community, made up mostly of retired friars, we celebrate it  several times during the year. Advent is a particularly good time to do this because the Advent daily readings often tell stories of the healing …