Today, we gather to celebrate my favorite holiday of all. We gather to celebrate Christmas! We celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, which we just heard proclaimed from the Gospel of Luke. We celebrate the coming of God’s infinite mercy to each and every person throughout all of history, by being born in the humblest of conditions. We celebrate today the coming of God as man so that man can become children of God and gain eternal life. Read more
4th Week of Advent: The Wondrous “O” Antiphons
We come, at last, to the final week of Advent today. Even though this year it is barely one day long since Christmas falls on Monday (something that isn’t common and hasn’t happened since 2006), the fourth week of advent is crucial in the advent journey to Christmas. This week is the final preparation for the coming of the Nativity of Our Lord at Christmas. Everything around us beginning on December 17 (regardless of the week of Advent it falls in) reflects this final push to Christmas, most especially the liturgy in which we celebrate. Read more
Episode #4 – Christmas Traditions
Merry Christmas! Join Fr. Andrew and his new co-host Maria Ward as they reboot the podcast and talk about a few of their favorite traditions around Advent and Christmas. Read more
3rd Week of Advent: We are Halfway Out of the Dark
1st Week of Advent: We Begin by Considering our End
Happy New Year!
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”
I think many in our world today fall into this reality, many don’t know (or reject) what comes at the end of our lives and end up living without a direction in life. As Catholics we know what our end is: eternal life in heaven or eternal punishment in hell. This means that there are certain paths to get to these ends and God, our Heavenly Father, desires us to be with Him eternally in heaven, which is the only thing that will truly fulfill us. Advent is a privileged time to look at our lives and make changes to live in the light and love of God to journey on the path to eternal life. Advent calls us in a particular way to wait and prepare. Read more
It’s Not Christmas Yet!
In a world where Christmas decorations are on sale even before Halloween, it is quite difficult to remember what Christmas is truly about. Plastic Santas and reindeer pop up on front lawns across the country, “Merry Christmas” is replaced with “Happy Holidays,” and the season of peppermint mochas and eggnog lattes has engulfed us once again. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, but what many people don’t even realize is that Christmas doesn’t actual begin until December 25 and they miss out on the season of Advent, which precedes Christmas in the Catholic liturgical calendar, a season I love just as much as Christmas. Read more