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What are we waiting for?

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

First Sunday of Advent. Fr Sam Burke considers the Lord's command to stay awake. Read more

The woke have hope

Thursday, November 28, 2019

First Sunday of Advent (A)  |  Fr Nicholas Crowe calls us to have hope in the victory of God's grace in our lives and in our world. Read more

"I will Fulfil the Promise"

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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Attentive in Prayer

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

First Sunday of Advent.  |  fr Robert Verrill calls our attention to Advent as an opportunity to grow in grace and develop an appetite for prayer so as to foil the Devil’s trickery. Read more

Lighting Candles in the Dark

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

First Sunday of Advent (A)  |  Fr Lawrence Lew looks at the Advent candle as a reminder of our baptismal vocation to walk in the light of Christ. Read more

The Cosmic Christ Frees Us to Wait for His Birth

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

First Sunday of Advent. fr David Sanders reflects on our belief in the second coming Jesus Christ, the King of Creation. Read more

Tear Open the Heavens and Come Down!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

First Sunday of Advent. fr Isidore Clarke reflects on how God answers our cries by sending his Son into the world. Read more

The Coming of the Son of Man

Sunday, December 01, 2013

First Sunday of Advent. Fr Fabian Radcliffe shows us how the coming of the Son of Man is both an event in the future, and a reality in our present. Read more

May the Lord be Generous in Increasing Your Love

Sunday, December 02, 2012

First Sunday of Advent. Fr John Farrell encourages us to re-enter into the providence of God as we begin Advent. Read more

What Are You Going To Watch?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

First Sunday of Advent. Fr Robert Verrill tells us why Jesus's death on the Cross is a little like television.

Jesus takes watching very seriously. In today's short Gospel reading, Jesus tells us four times to watch – he's really hammering it home.

Nowadays if you talk about watching, probably one of the first things that comes to mind is watching TV. In the TV series the Simpsons, Homer Simpson represents the archetypal TV watcher; his daughter Lisa invariably represents the voice of sanity. In one episode, Lisa tells her father 'It's not our fault our generation has short attentions spans. We watch an appalling amount of TV.' Homer replies angrily 'Don't you ever, EVER talk that way about television.'

Watching lots of TV changes us. Whether you love it or hate it, television has had a massive impact on modern society. Of the many ways television affects us, one particular way is its ability to keep us awake. It's generally considered to be a bad idea to watch TV in bed. On the other hand, a person who has a job such as keeping watch over a desolate reception area during the night might be allowed to watch TV to help to stay awake.

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