Raising the Fallen

First Sunday of Lent: 3-5-17 Peace be with You, This Sunday we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent.  That being said, we should not think for one moment that the transition into a new liturgical season marks an abrupt shift in what the Church has to teach us about who God is and who we are meant to be, as revealed most conspicuously in Jesus Christ.  For while the Lenten Season focuses our attention most directly on the meaning of our Lord’s Passion, death and Resurrection, we must not thin...
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The Game Plan

Fourth Sunday of Advent: 12-18-16 Peace be with You, We have come to the final Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the final week of preparation for the coming of the Lord at Christmas.  We have entered the drama of these four weeks and like all good dramas, it has had its moments of mystery, difficulty and joy.  We began this Advent Season with a lesson on awareness, being told that we must be on watch so that we might be ready to respond to the invitation to take part in what C. S. Lewis ...
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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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