Take Courage And Fear Not

Gaudete Sunday 2019 Today is a day of joy which is expressed in the rose color of the vestments.  Our crosses seem small in comparison with Our Lord’s coming at Christmas which is so near now.  Prayer is our best work as we prepare for the Nativity.  We should thank God for His gifts, especially…
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We Will Bless Our Crosses

1st Sunday Of Advent 2019 The feast of St. Nicholas on Friday is a celebration of an heroic early bishop whose acts of charity have been carried on to our day in the figure of Santa Claus.  Advent and the new liturgical year begin today and the Introit of the Mass is an appeal to…
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Report Card Sunday

Last Sunday after Pentecost 2019 As we end the liturgical year we can make an examination of conscience and grade our spiritual life in light of God’s blessings to us these past twelve months.  Have we been faithful to our Baptismal promises as St. Paul reminds us in the Epistle by renouncing Satan and all…
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Herald Of Christmas

Gaudete Sunday 2018 The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday because of the mitigated penance it communicates as we draw closer to Christ’s arrival.  St. John the Baptist comes before us again in today’s Gospel as he heralds the Messiah and Christmas.  He had great holiness and all the qualities necessary to prepare…
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God Enlightens Everyone

2nd Sunday of Advent The Gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent needs explanation because, contrary to a superficial reading of the text, St. John is not doubting that Christ is the Messiah but St. John is directing his disciples away from himself and to the Savior.  This Mass is one of sanctity and the…
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Lex Orandi Lex Credendi

First Sunday of Advent 2018 The First Sunday of Advent begins the Church’s new liturgical year and reminds us that the way we pray is the way we believe.  The liturgy is the official prayer of the Church and the ordinary means of holiness.  It is also a weapon against the devil.  Prayer is an…
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Today You Know Christ Is Coming

Vigil Of Christmas 2017 At the vigil Mass the joy of Christmas is already felt and this happy way that we receive the Infant King reassures us that His second coming will not be a harsh one for us.  On this last day of Advent St. Joseph is brought before us as the worthy descendant…
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That You May Abound In Hope

2nd Sunday of Advent 2017 To encourage us during this penitential season preparing for Christmas the Church reminds us, especially the Gentiles, of God’s mercy and the reason for us to hope.  Despite all the difficulties of life we have tremendous confidence that Our Savior will take care of us because His upcoming birth is proof of…
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Lay Aside Works of Darkness

1st Sunday Of Advent 2017 Advent is a time of penance and this year it is a shorter season to prepare for Christmas.  We need to appreciate everyday as a gift enabling us to pray and grow in spiritual progress.  Ask the Blessed Mother and the saints to help us in this important task. #20171203K
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