Tag: Advent

Advent: What’s it all about? Preparation and Penance

Have you ever noticed the similarities between Lent and Advent? In both seasons, the liturgical color is a shade of purple. The Mass is a little more simple. During Advent, the Gloria is omitted; during Lent the Alleluia is omitted. Why is this? Because Advent, like Lent, is meant to be a penitential season. Getting…

Death: Are You Prepared for the end, of life and of the world?

I learned several things about my Grandpa after he died. Most importantly, he was prepared. Although his death seemed sudden to us, he had everything in order. In the months before his death he worked harder than his heart could take. He must have had a premonition. He was a few years older than my…

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Happy Gaudete Sunday!  Today we light the pink candle of the advent wreath and rejoice in expectation of the coming of Jesus, Emmanuel, “God with us.” But, this Gaudete Sunday many are asking whether rejoicing is appropriate.  This past Friday, half an hour away from where I teach my own rambunctious kindergarten class, 20 innocent…

While I'm Waiting

I just heard this song on Pandora and was astounded at how perfectly it fits what’s happening in my life.  Also, I think it’s a great Advent song. I’m waiting I’m waiting on You, Lord And I am hopeful I’m waiting on You, Lord Though it is painful But patiently, I will wait I will…

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