April 20, 2019

Tag - Advent

Where is Joy?

Once there was a little boy in church attending Mass with his mother. He was in a happy mood, and he was looking at all the people in the pews around him and smiling at them. He wasn’t doing anything wrong or creating a disturbance of any sort—he...

Joyful Reflections

On the third Sunday of Advent, we light the pink candle on the Advent wreath. Pink is a milder color, softer than the harshness that some might associate with the color purple. It used to be called “Gaudete Sunday” from the order given and repeated...

The Day of Christ

“So that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” This is, in a nutshell, not only the reason for having the Advent Season every year but also the purpose of our life on earth. The day of Christ is erroneously or, at least, unclearly...

Seeking the Gift that Matters

A poem was once written about a tragic situation in which five people unnecessarily froze to death around a campfire one winter. It was a bitterly cold night, and there was no shelter available. The fire was dying out and needed to be replenished...

Advent: A New Year and Life

Allow me to point out to you that the Church has an unusual way of starting the new liturgical year. The Church uses her instructions enlightened by God’s Word for the four Sundays of Advent, to fill us with awe and gratitude for the most...

The Journey of God’s People

The word “liturgy” refers to the work of someone on behalf of the people. In our case, it refers to our collective effort to be sustained by the Source of life in all components of our being, especially our mind, heart, body and soul. This work...

Stroll on State

On a recent Saturday night my family and I, along with 75,000 friends, went to the “Stroll on State” event in Rockford, Illinois. It was the city’s opening festivity for the Christmas season. For this event, the city shuts down its main stretch on...

To Pray without Ceasing

The first thing I need to point out about prayer is its absolute necessity to sustain us as living and operative members of the Body of Christ. “Pray without ceasing.” (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:17) This terse order from God tells it all. We need prayer...

Our God Loves Dreamers

In 1825, a nine-year-old Italian boy named John dreamed that he was in a field with a crowd of children when suddenly a gang of boys began cursing and misbehaving (as though they were wild animals). Immediately, he jumped into their mix and tried to...

Obedience: An Act of Surrendering

Professed religious take three vows: chastity, poverty and obedience. Guess which one is the hardest to keep? Believe it or not, it is the one of obedience. When you think of what original sin was all about, you realize that it is in our wounded...