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The Holy Spirit of Christmas

Luke describes her as being “filled with the Holy Spirit”. He is talking about Elizabeth, who is pregnant with the forerunner to the Messiah (we know him as John the Baptizer). What does it mean to “be filled with the Holy Spirit”? Well, first off don’t think of “being filled” in the way you think…

Are you ready to believe?

We were looking forward to high school! We were so done with Prince Charles Public School. We couldn’t wait to move on and move up. That was until the day came. The excitement was pushed aside by fear and anxiety. What we had been anticipating we weren’t ready for! The priest Zechariah had a similar…

Read Less and Read Slower

How many times have we approached reading Scripture as if it were a task that needed to be over and done with. Our eyes survey the words, verse by verse, but our mind and hearts are hardly engaged. We are skimming not soaking, we are racing not reflecting. Once the task is completed we go…

Silence and Solitude

One of the things we can do to battle ‘hurry sickness’ is to practice solitude and silence. Solitude is letting go of outer distractions so that we can be fully present with God. It includes people, plus our technology. Silence is letting go of our inner distractions. Our mental ‘to do’ lists, our excuses, our…