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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A Life of True Joy

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time: 11-6-16 Peace be with You, The instruction we have been receiving on how it is that we are to cultivate the goodness of our nature came to a culmination of sorts last weekend in the story of Zacchaeus.  The reason for this is that, as we saw, in a certain way, the story of Zacchaeus is our story as well.  As Zacchaeus, we all struggle to keep above the distractions of the crowd in order to stay focused on the one thing that truly matters and the only ...
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Living the Virtue Within

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: 10-2-16 Peace be with You, Over the last couple of Sundays in the parables of the dishonest steward and the rich man and Lazarus, we have been reminded that it is our responsibility to be charitable to those most in need, as the needy are, in a special way, identified with Christ, the God who made himself poor to be one with us.  We were taught that in giving to the poor, we give to God.  This weekend, the gospel message wants to remind us that to be...
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