Advent Daily Short Reflections

Advent Symbols and Meanings: Explanations & Reflections

Various Sources: Not all Mentioned as I don't have them: TK

The Season of Advent
Anticipation and Hope

Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve (Dec 24). If Christmas Eve is a Sunday, it is counted as the fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas Eve proper beginning at sundown.

Historically, the primary sanctuary color of Advent is Purple. This is the color of penitence and fasting as well as the color of royalty to welcome the Advent of the King.  Purple is still used in some traditions (for example Roman Catholic).  The purple of Advent is also the color of suffering used during Lent and Holy Week.  This points to an important connection between Jesus’ birth and death. The nativity, the Incarnation, cannot be separated from the crucifixion. The purpose of Jesus’ coming into the world, of the "Word made flesh" and dwelling among us, is to reveal God and His grace to the world through Jesus’ life and teaching, but also through his suffering, death, and resurrection. To reflect this emphasis, originally Advent was a time of penitence and fasting, much as the Season of Lent and so shared the color of Lent.

Confident Masai Mara Men Vs. Lions

38 Creative and Unusual Beds

Collection of cool modern beds and contemporary bed designs that will look great for any bedroom. A Unique way to relax at the end of the day...

Ball Bed
Sofa/bed combo made of 80 soft and extremely comfortable balls.

Quotes and Pictures for Posters

Hands of a Priest

The Beautiful Hands of a Priest--
We need them in life's early morning,
We need them again at its close;
We feel their warm clasp of true friendship,
We seek them when tasting life's woes.
At the altar each day we behold them,


Job Interview - Sikh Joke

Sardarji (Sikh origin from India) left his job in Patiala, emigrated to Canada for better prospects and applied for a salesman's job at Vancouver's premier downtown department store. It was the biggest store in the world: you could get anything there.

Sophia Loren Remembers .....God's Place

_" When I got enough confidence, the stage was gone…..
When I was sure of Losing, I won…….
When I needed People the most, they Left me…….

Senior Citizens: Aging Gracefully

Life can begin at 60, it is all in your hands! Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 60 years of age, owing to the diminishing importance given to them and their opinions. But, it need not be so, if only we understand the basic principles of life and follow them scrupulously. Here are ten mantras to age gracefully and make life after retirement pleasant.

Christ the King Sunday - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (see Second Reading)

All blessings to you from Jesus Christ,
our saving Lord and king,
the beginning and end of all that is,
who is and who was and who is to come.
His peace and grace be always with you. R/ And also with you.

Thanksgiving - US

Fr. Tony Kadavil:


Introduction: Today is a day of national thanksgiving 1) for the blessings and protection God has given us. 2) for our  democratic government and the prosperity we enjoy 3) for our freedom of speech and religion 4) for the generosity and good will of our people.

History: The winter of 1610 at Jamestown, Virginia, had reduced a group of 409 settlers to 60. The survivors prayed for help, without knowing when or how it might come. When help arrived in the form of a ship filled with food and supplies from England, a thanksgiving prayer meeting was held to give thanks to God. President Abraham Lincoln, in the midst of the Civil War, established Thanksgiving Day as a formal holiday to express our thanks to God. President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789. In 1941 Congress passed the official proclamation declaring that Thanksgiving should be observed as a legal holiday the fourth Thursday of each November.

Chinese Military Parade

33 Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

Greeting (See Second Reading)
We do not belong to the night or to darkness,
so we should not go on sleeping
but stay wide awake and sober.
May the Lord Jesus be your light and stay with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant

People are Awesome: Videos

Acrobatics of Russians with their Aircrafts and Indians with their Tractors

What the Russians do with their Aircrafts the Indian in Punjab do with their Tractors:

Obesity: Using Wow Green Coffee Bean

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Normally, I don't recommend "weight-loss" supplements, especially weight-loss supplements that claim "easy" weight loss or "fast" weight loss. As a nutritionist, I strongly believe that the key to weight loss is a healthy diet and exercise, but there are some incredible super foods that can deliver an added boost. One super food in particular, the green coffee bean, is creating major media buzz, and the research has me truly amazed.

‘We forgive you’: How a nun’s family embraced her murderer

In 1995, Sister Rani Maria was murdered near Indore. Ahead of her beatification this November, HT recounts the moving story of how her family forgave the killer and accepted him as their own

Danish Raza

Sister Selmy Paul  at her residence in Betul, Madhya Pradesh.  Sister Selmy forgave Samandar Singh, the man who killed her elder  sister,  Rani Maria, in February 1995 when she was on her way to Indore.

Sister Selmy Paul at her residence in Betul, Madhya Pradesh. Sister Selmy forgave Samandar Singh, the man who killed her elder sister, Rani Maria, in February 1995 when she was on her way to Indore. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Lions and Cars

Animals and Men

Vatican Dossier - Nov 11

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Jim Fair

Pope Stresses Need to Halt Nuclear Arms

32 Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

Greeting (See Second Reading)
We believe that Jesus died and rose again
and that those who have died in Jesus
will be brought to life with their Lord.
May Jesus, the Lord of life,
be always with you all.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant