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Factory Reset

A lot of electronics have a pinhole somewhere on them. This is a button that can ‘restore your device to factory settings’ so if something goes wrong on it you could get a pin, press it, and reset the machine to (generally) restore it to how it was intended to be. In a lot of ways, this kind of restoration is similar to what happens at Baptism, and today’s readings can…

The Domestic Church

Merry Christmas to you all! As you read these words I am about 2,500 km away visiting my mom and dad back home, and in this time of year many of us travel to visit our families or make special remembrances of family who are no longer with us. In this season and on this day we are invited to recall through the readings, not only the Holy Family of Jesus, but the holy…

The Whole Story

I think sometimes our biggest stumbling block to cooperating with God is a feeling that we’re not being told the whole mission in advance. “God, what do you want me to do? I would help so much more if you just clued me in!” But here’s the thing friends, we’ve been told the whole story already. God from the beginning has desired our salvation and reconciliation with…

Deep Joy

Have you ever met a celebrity before? In some cases, the person might live up to or beat your expectations, or you might learn why you should ‘never meet your heroes’. Either way, the encounter certainly leaves a mark from the experience. As we reach the third Sunday of Advent reflecting on the beginnings of our walk with Christ, we reach the stage where we have…

God’s Invitation

Bishop Robert Barron is fond of saying that ‘God is a gathering force, for his very nature is love.’ As we continue to journey through Advent and reflecting on the beginnings of our walk with Christ through our lives, a no doubt important step in that walk was the announcement of the Good News to you, or, if you like, the invitation God extends to us to know Him truly;…

Why Does Advent Start Our Liturgical Calendar?

Why does Advent start our liturgical calendar? Why not some high holy day, like Easter or Christmas itself? After some digging resulting in no answer to hang my hat on, I looked again at the readings for this Advent, I had the insight that perhaps we start in Advent to remind us of the beginning of…