Sunday, December 19, 2010

Advent and Christmas

During this year's Advent and Christmas, I have really wanted to make it special. Not only because of the lack of classes (so I can focus), or for the loss of so many loved ones this year. I really wanted to make it real in my life. So during prayer at the beginning of advent, it hit me. What if we knew, for certain, the day that Christ was coming back to us. What would we do? How would be prepare for that?

That is how I wanted to treat Advent this year. I wanted to prepare like He would dwell amongst us again and that I must prepare myself for that day. And when that day did arrive it was a day of peace; it was not dramatic, He came in like a lamb. Our lives had not suddenly been changed. So we must continue to live our lives in preparation for what is to come. Then, before you know it, it is the New Year. A time to put away last year and hope and dream for a better year to come. We can use this time to reflect on how we want to be more Christ-like during the upcoming year.

That is the beauty of the Catholic Liturgical year. Although we should always be living as though Christ will return to us at any moment, our busy lives get in the way. The Church reminds us that the Word was made flesh in the past and He will return again. It forces us to pause and remember. It allows us to reflect on how we can make next year a little better; to do our part to bring the City of God to the City of Man.

God Bless and I pray we all have a better 2011.

December 19th: 3rd Day of the Octave Before Christmas

O Flower of Jesse's stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples: kings stand silent in you presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

December 18: 2nd day of the Octave Before Christmas

O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.

Friday, December 17, 2010

December 17: 1st Day of the Octave before Christmas

O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.

Monday, December 6, 2010

On This Day

On this day in 1965, Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras simultaneously lifted the mutual excommunications between the Pope and the Patriarch of Constantinople. These excommunications, which became the Great Schism, had been in place since 1054 and effectively separated the eastern and western churches.

It was about time, don't you think?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Giving During the Christmas Season

This time of year is traditionally a time for us to open our wallets and contribute to a worthy cause. At this time of year, I can think of no better place to invest our money than for our Christian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land and the Middle East. There is great suffering in this part of the world in what can only be called religious genocide. Every week, Christians are being martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ. The slaughter in Iraq is just the most recent examples of the whole sale massacre of Christians in this part of the world. WARNING: photos in the linked article are graphic.

For some reason, no one seems to care; not the media, not our government, not even mainstream Christians in the United States.

So if you would like to help our Christian brothers and sisters in the the Middle East, I encourage you to find a good charity and send them a donation (any amount is a blessing). My favorite is:

Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land

God Bless and I hope everyone has a wonderful Advent and Christmas Season.

David Horowitz at UCSD 5/10/2010. Hosted by Young Americans for Freedom...

The video includes a portion of the "questions and answers" part of a lecture by David Horowitz. It is a chilling reminder of what some Muslim students in the United States believe.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Feast Day of Edmund Campion

I enjoy browsing international sites to find those saints that we do not honor in the Liturgy of the Hours in the United States. One of those saints is Edmund Campion, who was martyred in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

On this day in 1581, he has hung, drawn and quartered for being nothing more than a Catholic priest caring for the Catholics in Protestant England. You can read about him HERE.