The Gift of Holiness – Advent Retreat Reflection by Deacon James Keating Ph.D.

This reflection was given during a special Discerning Hearts Advent evening of prayer and meditation service at St. Margaret Mary’s Church, in Omaha, NE

Christmas Eve – The 4th Saturday of Advent The Retreat Continues w/ Msgr. Esseff

Reading 1 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 When King David was settled in his palace, and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God dwells in a tent!” Nathan answered … Read more

What is the relationship with your Dad? – The 4th Friday of Advent….The Retreat Continues w/ Msgr. Esseff

Reading 1 Mal 3:1-4, 23-24 Thus says the Lord GOD: Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; And suddenly there will come to the temple the LORD whom you seek, And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who … Read more

How Faithful Are You? The 4th Wednesday of Advent The Retreat Continues with Msgr. John Esseff

Reading 1 Sg 2:8-14 Hark! my lover–here he comes springing across the mountains, leaping across the hills. My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag. Here he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattices. My lover speaks; he says to me, “Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful … Read more

What is your relationship with Mary? The 4th Tuesday of Advent, The Retreat Continues with Msgr. John Esseff

Reading 1  IS 7:10-14 The LORD spoke to Ahaz: Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” Then Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David! Is it not … Read more

Do you truly believe? Do you really trust? The 4th Monday of Advent The Retreat Continues with Msgr. John Esseff

 Msgr. Esseff asks all to ask God for a special intention during this time in the retreat. “Father, grant me an entirely new awareness of Your infinite love for me” Reading 1  JGS 13:2-7, 24-25A There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was … Read more

The Time Is Now – The Fourth Sunday of Advent….The Retreat Continues w/ Msgr. Esseff – Discerning Hearts

Reading 1 Is 7:10-14 The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying: Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” Then Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David! Is it not … Read more

Father/Mother Issues? What is your true lineage? – The Third Saturday of Advent….The Retreat Continues

Gospel Mt 1:1-17 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron, … Read more

What do your need to bring to the Lord? The 3rd Friday of Advent The Retreat Continues w/ Msgr. Esseff

Reading 1  IS 56:1-3A, 6-8 Thus says the LORD: Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, the son of man who holds to it; Who keeps the sabbath free from profanation, and his hand … Read more

Are You Struggling? The 3rd Thursday of Advent The Retreat Continues w/Msgr. John Esseff

Are you struggling?  What is the level of your faith? Msgr. Esseff offers insight and guidance, encouraging all to see the gift of hope and joy before us. Reading 1IS 54:1-10 Raise a glad cry, you barren one who did not bear, Break forth in jubilant song, you who were not in labor, For more … Read more