The Joy of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent: 12-11-16 Peace be with You, Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete” comes from the Latin word “gaudium,” meaning joy, gladness or delight; and so this weekend may properly be called “The Sunday of Rejoicing.”  Now, we might be thinking, “All of Advent should be a time of rejoicing, shouldn’t it?  After all we are preparing for the coming of Christ!” Well, yes, but with some qualification.  Traditionally, the Se...
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The Coming of God’s Glory

Second Sunday of Advent: 12-4-16 Peace be with You, Last weekend, as we began the season of Advent, we saw that in order for us to be truly ready to welcome our Savior, we must prepare ourselves for his coming by living in a manner which disposes us to become his disciples.  We do this, as St. Paul reminded us by “putting on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).  These words have a couple of connotations which are especially important for the message we will receive today.  First, and most i...
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The Rescue Mission

First Sunday of Advent: 11-27-16 Peace be with You, Last weekend our liturgical year culminated with the celebration of the Feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  There we saw that the King we proclaim is unlike any other ruler, for he does not come first and foremost to impose law upon us, but instead, he is the King of Hearts who comes to awaken our hearts to love by demonstrating his love for us.  This weekend we begin a new liturgical year with the beginning of the Season of Adv...
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