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“Anna Has the Groove On” – Lk 2:36-38

It is going to be a cold day in Missouri.   I can relate to today’s subject.  I feel like I am a lot like Anna.  I feel like she did every time I receive Jesus in the eucharist.

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Quote or Joke of the Day:


Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pews.


Today’s Meditation:


There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.  And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.


These verses are interesting when certain names are translated.  Anna means ‘ grace or favor,’ Asher translates to ‘happy,’ and Phanuel becomes ‘the face of God.’  Anna had probably been a widow for sixty or so years, spending her time happily, and entirely, in the temple praising and waiting for the lord.  Makes me wonder about people that only come to church at Christmas and Easter, and those that complain about going every week.   

Simeon and Anna mirror Zechariah and Elizabeth in standing side-by-side before god.  One family brought into salvation the instrument [John] to announce and proclaim the Lord to mankind; and the two in the temple not only were waiting for Lord to come; but recognized the Lord’s entrance, and exclaimed it joyously, and loudly to the world as well.  I pray that I can only be as devout and enthusiastic to my faith as they were.   

Pax et Bonum

Dan Halley, SFO




Prologue to the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule, Chapter 1:


… Oh, how glorious it is to have a great and Holy Father in heaven! Oh, how glorious it is to have such a beautiful and admirable Spouse, the Holy Paraclete.  

Oh, how glorious it is to have such a Brother and such a Son, loved, beloved, humble, peaceful, sweet, lovable, and desirable above all: Our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave up his life for his sheep (cf. Jn 10:15) and prayed to the Father saying: …