August 21, 2019

Tag - Advent

Is There a Purpose to Life?

Years ago there was a poor family—a husband, wife, and son—who lived in a simple cabin in a rural area. They didn’t have very much in the way of material things, but they had plenty of love; the parents in particular made sure to share their love...

The Meaning of Advent

It took a children’s cartoon to teach me the meaning of Advent. I’ve long since forgotten the title, but I vividly recall the character lost in the city at Christmastime. Lights were everywhere. The hustle and bustle of everyday life caused a...

Preparing for the Lord’s Second Coming

An Advent tradition many people enjoy is listening to a performance of Handel’s Messiah—the musical masterpiece which contains the famous “Hallelujah Chorus.” The Messiah, which is approximately three hours in length, took George Frederic Handel a...

To Rejoice: Step by Step

On the third Sunday of Advent, the clergy wear pink vestments and the pink candle on the wreath is lit because this is what was called, until recent times, Gaudete Sunday. The parsing of Gaudete is as follows: present imperative second person plural...

Forgiven

The famous psychiatrist Dr. Karl Menninger, in his best-selling book Whatever Became of Sin?, told a story of something that happened in Chicago some years back. A strange and grim-looking man with unkempt long hair and ragged clothes stood on a...

How Do You Define Joy?

I know a man named Ralph, (not his real name). As a young man, Ralph met a beautiful woman who he fell deeply in love with. They were married and lived a life together filled with joy and happiness. But, sadly, their blissful existence ended...

An Advent into Eternity

In Germany during World War II, Father Alfred Delp could not stand idly by and watch as the Nazis systematically arrested Jews and sent them off to the death camps. And so he joined a resistance group. His duty was to feed and clothe Jews who were...

Rejoicing Over the Ultimate Gift

Gaudete is an order which in Latin means “Rejoice.” Traditionally, on the third Sunday of Advent, we light the pink candle on the wreath. We do so after over two weeks of soul-searching and responsible cooperation with God’s grace to free ourselves...

A Message of Hope

Some years ago in Hollywood an actor in his mid-30s suddenly became very ill.  He went to his doctor for some tests, and when the results came back, the doctor told him very bluntly, “Your situation is desperate.  We’ve got to operate within 36...

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