The Word Among Us

Advent 2007 Issue

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Every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we say, "Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." The first half of this prayer is directed toward the Second Coming of Jesus. More »


Every day, thousands of Masses are said around the world—and the Lord’s Prayer is recited in every one of them. Millions of rosaries are also prayed around the world every day—and the Lord’s Prayer is recited with each decade. More »

Scripture tells us that faith is "the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). According to St. Paul, faith creates a desire for God and a longing to be with him, "clothed with our heavenly habitation" (2 Corinthians 5:2). More »

What do you think about when you hear the word "invasion"? Do you perhaps recall the invasion of June 6, 1944, when millions of British, United States, and Canadian forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate Western Europe from Nazi control? More »

Special Feature

Say "invasion," and people shudder. The word conjures up a range of disturbing images: hostile armies, aggressive diseases, identity thieves, pests, weeds, even creatures from outer space. More »

This Christmas Mary Lou, my wife, and I are expecting twenty-five family members to visit our Florida home all at the same time. To prepare for their coming, we have undertaken a major housecleaning. And to make more room for overnight guests, we are clearing years of clutter from our "rec" room, which we sometimes affectionately call our "wreck" room. More »

About ten years ago, as Advent was approaching, I began to feel that my relationship with God had reached a plateau. Wanting to find deeper meaning in the season, I took one of the Advent calendars provided by our parish which listed each day’s Mass readings. More »

1000 hours (10:00 a.m.): I am traveling with a military convoy, making pastoral visits to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. First stop is their Forward Operating Base (FOB) in a central Iraq town. I set up for Mass in a corner of the busy area where the Marines eat, recreate, and do triage for the wounded. More »