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December 9, 2016

“I found God in the glorious beauty still present and breaking through in my urban backyard even this late in November.” Submitted by Anne Criscitiello. Are you cultivating “A Habit of Hope” this Advent? Read […]

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Advent Sunset

December 8, 2016

“In the quiet of a snowless Advent winter sunset.” Submitted by Jean Hinderer, CSA.

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Garden with Angel

December 7, 2016

“Working on my garden, in my silence, and writing a note to a dear friend, to wish him a wonderful birthday.” Submitted by Vera Sinha. Are you cultivating “A Habit of Hope” this Advent? Read […]

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Austrian Winter

December 6, 2016

“A small civilization in God’s vast creation.” Submitted by Chee Steidler. Where do you find God in Advent and Christmas preparations? Send us a photo for possible inclusion on Picturing God.

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December 5, 2016

“In the smile of my grandson.” Submitted by Joe Hardenbrook.

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