Reflections for Advent and Christmas by Mary van Balen

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Reflections for Advent and Christmas

A Grace in the Moment Book 

by Mary van Balen

Writing my column, Grace in the Moment, has been a constant thread, weaving through it all. Life happens and staying with it is a challenge. Trusting that God is always present requires faith. Sometimes I have it, and sometimes I struggle to hold on. Writing is prayer for me. It slows me down and opens my eyes to the Sacred in the midst of life, clearing out and deepening the center where I go to quietly be with the Source of all. 

I am grateful to the Catholic Times and to its readers for providing the opportunity to share my reflections on the journey. I also appreciate the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation republishing a number of these columns in similar form on Shalem Friday Blog. 

In response to readers’ requests for a collection of these writings, I’ve gathered, sorted, and compiled this small book of columns centered on Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany themes. While I have done some editing, the columns appear basically as they did when originally published. I offer them humbly, hoping that my efforts and struggles to recognize and respond to God in the mess of everyday life will encourage others to recognize that Loving Presence in their own lives. 

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 13 December, 2019.

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