Tag: advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent: St. Joseph — in the face of mystery

At one point in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program each year I ask participants a seemingly simple question: “Is it possible to know God?” There is usually discussion and then concern that it is an impossible question to answer. In truth, it is meant as a trick question. On one hand, God… Read more »

Third Sunday of Advent: Mary, a woman of patience

Picture an image of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Now picture her pregnant. Imagine coming across that image on your Facebook or Instagram feed. You see a young woman bathed in the warm glow of a photo filter, eyes downcast, cradling her round baby belly. Underneath the image are the words, “Coming this December …… Read more »

Third Sunday of Advent: Jesus shows us how to prepare

Jesus loves you. He wants you to triumph; he won’t let you fail. He gives you all the tools you need to be with him for eternity in paradise. We are halfway through the Advent season, the preparation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. But in no way is this preparation passive or short… Read more »

Pope: Set up, be enchanted by a Nativity scene

VATICAN CITY | A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of his love “by smiling and opening his arms to all,” Pope Francis said in a letter on the meaning and importance of setting up Christmas cribs. “Wherever it is, and whatever form it takes,… Read more »

Advent: Peace and the call of our baptism as ‘living stones’

Some awfully nice visions of the future are painted in this year’s readings for the Second Sunday of Advent—peace and justice, primarily. But there are also some words of warning that should preclude any of us from being carried away by such visions and focus instead on what it takes to make those visions reality…. Read more »

Second Sunday of Advent: Telling the scriptural story of John the Baptist

The story of John the Baptist really begins when he … But wait! His story is multifaceted in ways history often overlooked. How should it start? Today it typically starts with John preaching to crowds who came to the Judean desert to hear him and receive his baptism. Perhaps, though, its starting point could be… Read more »

Advent novenas prepare to welcome savior

ORLANDO | Advent traditions abound and in the Diocese of Orlando, the Florida Catholic discovered many parishes carrying on the tradition of novenas during Advent. Five years ago, Maria Davila and her husband, Ricardo, brought Las Posadas to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Bartow with help from the parish women’s club. The couple is originally… Read more »