The Waiting Game

by Guest on December 10, 2013

This is a guest post by Linda Ricke. Thanksgiving is well behind us; it’s officially Christmas season. As soon as advertisers start their yearly enticement to spend, children begin their annual waiting game for Santa. It’s hard for little ones to wait four weeks. It isn’t always easy for adults either. I’ve been doing a […]


The Message

by Guest on December 18, 2012

This is a guest post by Nancy Jo Sullivan. In last Sunday’s Gospel, we heard the admonitions of John the Baptist: “Prepare the way of the Lord.” John proclaimed God’s message. Through him, God’s voice was heard. Can you remember a time when you heard God’s voice? I remember hearing it a few years ago. […]


Faithful PFOer Tim pointed me to a Piano Guys version of this beloved and gorgeous hymn.  Enjoy.


Stop. Look. Listen.

by Paul on December 11, 2012

  [Because Denise was off yesterday and I was left to my own devices, I accidentally scheduled 2 posts today! Please read Nancy Jo's wonderful piece below this one...] This is a guest post by regular commenter Michelle Earlier this week Paul Campbell at People for Others posted three short rules for maintaining our relationship […]


May I Join You?

by Guest on December 11, 2012

This is a guest post by Nancy Jo Sullivan. It was a snowy December morning, now a couple of years ago. As I took off my gloves, I waited in line at a coffee shop. I began going through my to-do list. My December calendar was packed with a host of seasonal activities and events. […]


Sing a Song to Your Savior

by Guest on December 4, 2012

This is a guest post by Nancy Jo Sullivan. “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will […]


To mark and celebrate the beginning of Advent, let’s turn to a traditional Advent hymn, Conditor Alme Siderum.  In this version, verses are sung first in Latin and then in English.


Advent Journey – 4

by Paul on December 21, 2010

We’ve had the music of John Rutter before. Here is his Advent Hymn, “Gabriel’s Message.” Sting, of all people, recorded a version but I prefer this one by the Myriad Singers of Barbados. Enjoy.


God With Us

by Guest on December 20, 2010

This is a guest post by Fr. Eric Werts. As I have spoken of before, I often pray with my imagination. My prayer life was in a state in which I was experiencing God’s absence. Someone suggested to me to simply accept the darkness. One day, when I was praying, I placed myself in the […]


Advent Journey – 3

by Paul on December 14, 2010

Another Advent song that I love is, “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” from Godspell, the musical adaptation of the Gospel of St. Matthew. This video [2'52"] is from the 1973 film version [with Portuguese subtitles.]  I look at how dated it all seems – though the music is great – and I think, […]