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By Fr. Gary Zerr on Sunday, December 25, 2011
 God’s Secret Plan

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Christmas Day

December 25, 2011

 

          Christmas is a time when we see lots of angels on Christmas cards, trees, stores, nativity sets, and many other places.  God has a secret plan in everything we do in this life, but he generally reveals the truth only to the humble.

 

          I had a very good friend named Jean who always, always talked about angels, especially her angels.  It was almost as if she conversed with and saw them frequently.  Who knows?  At that time I belonged to the largest Catholic Charismatic...
By Fr. Gary Zerr on Sunday, December 18, 2011
 

An Encounter with the Will of God

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4th Sunday of Advent

December 18, 2011

 

          This morning was not exactly your typical day around the rectory. Can you top this? In the first three hours:  something woke me up early, so the day started a “quart low” in the sleep department; then the furnace stopped working; then a bag of frozen raspberries leaked all through the refrigerator, top to bottom; the cell phone decided that it no longer wished to ring; and finally, I bought a new set of dishes (60% off!), only to find that one box has...
By Fr. Gary Zerr on Sunday, December 11, 2011
 

Rejoice Always; Render Constant Thanks!

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3rd Sunday of Advent

December 11, 2011

 

Rejoice always.

Pray without ceasing.

Render constant thanks.

Such is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not quench the Spirit!

                             1 Thessalonians 5:16

 

          Like many of you, this past weekend was spent writing Christmas cards, which is a kind of joyous penance. At the end of this long and rather arduous day, I had them all addressed and stamped and piled up on the floor by the chair; and next to this was an old cup of decaf coffee I had foolishly placed near there to take to the kitchen.  Well, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what happened next: the coffee ended up spilled all over the cards. I won’t put down in writing what I said next, but suffice it to say it wasn’t anything like “rejoice always….render constant thanks!” Later, I realized I had missed an opportunity to give thanks in difficult circumstances.

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By Fr. Gary Zerr on Sunday, December 04, 2011
 

Have an Advent that Changes Your Life

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2nd Sunday of Advent

December 4, 2011

 

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens

will pass away with a mighty roar, and the elements will be dissolved by fire,

and the earth and everything done on it will be found out.    2 Peter 3

 

          It used to be said that Thanksgiving was the one national holiday that absolutely could not be commercialized (except for buying food), but that was until the “Black Friday” shopping phenomenon came...
  
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