Watch!

Isn’t it ironic that the Gospel on the first Sunday of Advent ends with the word “Watch!”? In context Jesus is telling his disciples to be watchful, be alert. “Watch, therefore; you don’t know when the lord of the house is coming… May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all (even us born 2000 years later): Watch!”

Why is this ironic? This is also the first weekend of December. The time ...

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Today is the feast day of Saint Homobonus – Patron Saint of Business Owners

St. Homobonus (Homa’bun-us) is the patron saint of business owners. He was born and also died in the city of Cremona, Italy during the 12th century. He’s portrayed holding a bag of money wearing merchant’s robes. He was canonized less than two years after his death by Pope Innocent III in 1199.

Not much is known about Saint Homobonus other than he lived our Christ’s commands to love God and neighbor by running his business with scrupulous honesty and reached out and ...

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Run to Wisdom

Easter Sunday’s gospel reading was an interesting one. All three characters in John’s account, of the morning of the resurrection, were running. Mary of Magdala ran to Peter when she discovered Christ’s tomb was empty. Then John and Peter ran to the tomb after Mary of Magdala explained what she saw there. Yes, yes, John we know you out ran Peter! (John 20:4, John 20:6 and John 20:8)

One of the things we get from this account is that even though ...

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Prepare for Lent by concentrating the strongest defense where your ramparts are weakest

Israel Trip Oct-Nov 2016 Rampart WalkThe best way to prepare for Lent, about 30 days from now, is not decide what to give up, as if you were 9 years old, but how you are going to send Satan packing. Father John Tauler +1361 wrote that “when evil comes roaring upon poor, weak men, they instantly fall down helpless and he comes and tears ...

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The Irony of the Modern Day Nativity Scene in Bethlehem

Just two months ago I was at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The irony was that my experience there was just like that of a typical shopping mall the day before Christmas with huge lines, people cutting in and pushing their way forward to get there “first”. It was not a peaceful place and nothing like the scene I imagined the day that Christ was born. All the holy sites in Israel are like that to some degree ...

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Have Yourself an Intentional Little Christmas

We’re barreling head long into what should be a very holy and peace filled season. Instead however, most Christians go into hyper-drive, like everyone else, starting with Thanksgiving preparations, then we jump to black Friday deals (on Thanksgiving evening) and then blast right to and through Christmas ending up exhausted without ever thinking about or acknowledging the season of Advent. The Advent Season encompasses the four Sundays before Christmas and it starts this Sunday November 27th. It’s just around the ...

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Remember what’s important in life!

Happy Ash Wednesday!

Attollo Jar Dirt 1Every business leader who joins Attollo receives their own “commemorative” jar of dirt. They place it on their desk at work as a daily reminder to re-order their priorities when faced with the difficult and conflicting demands of their faith, their families and their business.

The jar is a daily Ash Wednesday reminder that ”you are dust, and to ...

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Baa! Humbug

Scrooge and marley-500pxI have always loved Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol. I’ve got the book, seen many if not all of the film versions, including Jim Henson’s A Muppet Christmas Carol. Of course, books are always better as they cover the finer details that end up on the cutting room floor and not shown on the screen.

It’s a familiar tale to most, ...

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The Feast of Saint Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels – Sept 29

Today is the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels

I remember this prayer to St. Michael was said at Mass when I was a kid along with a prayer for the conversion of Russia. The short version was said everyday around the world until 1968.

I think, based on world events, they both should be re-instated!

Short Version:

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we ...

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