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Posts by Michael Danaher

Spiritual Reflection Third Sunday in Advent

Spiritual Reflection – Waiting We live in a world which does not like to wait. Instant gratification is the norm, and we are finding it more and more objectionable to endure even a short delay. Inevitably, the expectation of a rapid response infiltrates our spiritual life and our prayer. We want things to happen quickly.  If we are halfway wise, however, we…

Spiritual Reflection for Advent 2

Wilderness  “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” (Matt. 1:23 NRSV) The story of Advent begins in the wilderness, where we meet the wild and woolly figure of John the Baptist.  In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom…

Spiritual Reflection First Sunday in Advent

Prepare the Way “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” (Luke 3:4 NRSV) The four Sundays in the Season of Advent have a common theme: the preparation of humankind to receive the Divine. Traditionally the first Sunday reminds us of the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary and the announcement that…

Spiritual Reflection St Andrew’s Day

The Call Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?” And I said, “Here am I; send me”. (Isaiah 6:8) The Apostle Andrew is often referred to as the “first called”, meaning that he was the first person called by Jesus to become a disciple. The Gospel of John tells us that Andrew was a actually a…

Spiritual Reflection Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

A Community of Love All who believed were together and had all things in common – Acts 2:44 One of the greatest champions of human rights in our own time, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, believes “we can be human only in fellowship, in community, in koinonia, in peace.” Our species thrives not in isolation but in relationship–in social groups, in tribes, in fellow…