Tag: Advent

God Is With Us

As people of faith, we should say often and with conviction: “Our God is in heaven; whatever God wills is done.”  Psalm 115:3 This is what the prophet Isaiah (7:10-14) knows; that’s what King Ahaz knows; that’s what Paul knows; that’s what Joseph...

God’s Plan is Always Unfolding

Sir Isaac Newton, the famous mathematician and scientist who, among many other great achievements, discovered the law of gravity, had a dog named Diamond—and one day Diamond ended up causing him immense trouble and grief. Newton had spent eight...

Seeking Serenity

On the Third Sunday of Advent, we light the pink candle and the priest (and deacon) wear pink vestments because it is supposed to be a solemn invitation to cheerfulness and celebration. Of course, it is unreasonable to expect that we, or anyone else...

Christmas: Proof That the Lord Never Forgets

Once there was an absent-minded college professor who was so absorbed in his field of teaching and research that he had trouble remembering even the simplest events and details of daily life. As he was leaving for work one morning, his wife said...

Can You Think of a Better Way to Prepare for Christmas?

Is John the Baptist, with his blunt and searing message, to be the one to whom we should pay attention as we try to find a way to celebrate Christmas as we think it deserves to be celebrated? Inflation, threats of crippling strikes, political...

God’s Vision

We begin this new liturgical year by embracing the vision that was first revealed through the prophet Isaiah: This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:1) At first it was the vision concerning Judah and...

Blessed Are You

Blessed are you among women. Blessed is the fruit of your womb. Elizabeth said this to her young engaged but yet to be married cousin, Mary. She said it to a thirteen, fourteen-year-old girl, pregnant out of wedlock and with her fiancé Joseph not...

The Closer We Come to Jesus

A priest living in Washington D.C. went to the airport to pick up a visitor from Africa whom he had befriended while serving as a missionary there. It was a cold, winter day; there was no snow on the ground, but everything was gray and bare. When...