JOY TO THE WORLD, THE LORD IS COME, LET EARTH RECEIVE HER KING, LET EVERY HEART PREPARE HIM ROOM AND HEAVEN AND NATURE SING, AND HEAVEN AND NATURE SING, AND HEAVEN AND HEAVEN AND NATURE SING! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!! CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM! Dear Lord, may all come to Faith in Jesus, conversion in every area of their lives, and growth in virtue so that their work is good, and so that as many as are willing to choose rightly can attain heaven. Thank YOU for making our salvation possible and for the grace to choose right even … Continue reading

Advent Music

I love the periods of penitence and preparation we experience in our Liturgy. This is Advent, and it is a beautiful time of preparation for the celebration of the Birth of Christ. Did you know that Advent music and Christmas music are actually not the same hymns?  Here is one of the beautiful traditional antiphons sung during Advent. and another: Dear Lord, thank You for the beauty in the Liturgy and in the hymns of Your Church. Amen. … Continue reading

Memories of Childhood

Over at A Woman’s Place…Depends On Her Vocation, she posted on the determination of her little one in hunting for the hidden gifts.  This made me smile as I recalled a time my brother and sister and I managed to FIND the Christmas gifts about a week before Christmas. Our Dad had quite the challenge to convince us that because Santa could not possibly get to EVERY house in one night that he often chose some parents to be helpers and take an early delivery of the Santa presents. They were quickly re-hidden and we didn’t see them again until … Continue reading

12-12-12 and Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe who is patroness of the unborn and also the patroness of all the Americas. Today is a really cool date because it is 12/12/12. Today the Pope got going with his new twitter account. I read most of the responses are crass, crude and even obscene. God bless Pope Benedict XVI for his efforts. Dear Lord, thank You for the example of the Virgin Mary; thank You for her prayers for the unborn and for all the Americas. Please help all those who love You to honor Your mother properly. … Continue reading

Advent: Revisiting Our Preparation for Christmas

Fr. Z wrote a post at his blog on how we change and as we change we gain different things from great books. Of Sympathy and Pageant, Of Aging and Refreshing resonated with me and I urge my readers to go, enjoy it. I have re-read many favorite classics over the years and indeed have come to appreciate old favorites more and more as years and experiences grow.  The Liturgical Calendar passes through seasons of the year and we revisit each part of the Gospel story, and many parts of the New and Old Testaments.  This is a blessing which, … Continue reading

Advent: Hell is REAL!

Hell is a very real place and the vast majority of humanity through the abuse of their free will have chosen to live lives that will end with their spending eternity in Hell. 13 Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. 14 How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! —Matthew 7:13-14 REPENT! is a constant admonition in the Scriptures and the Tradition of the Church.  St. … Continue reading

Advent Exploding into Contemplation

This Advent burst in on me with a loud crash followed by LOTS of time to think. Someone commented that I have a difficult life and off the cuff, without any thought I said, “Actually, I think I have an amazingly charmed life and this week the universe decided to do a quick correction.”  Now, that isn’t a particularly Catholic way to express how I see my life, but it fit the conversation at the time and caused me to pause and think on why I answered that way. Yes, First Sunday in Advent began with a crash. At first … Continue reading

Advent: Preparing to celebrate the birth of a savior

Advent is a season for reflection on my faith, on what I believe, not a season for thinking about what I shall buy. I do give gifts in honor of the Wise Men who came at the Epiphany to give gifts to the newborn King at CHRISTMAS which does not begin until the vigil Mass for December 25. I am reflecting this Advent on how fragile is life. How the devil does his best to rob you of your faith. How thoroughly the majority of my fellow Catholics have internalized the message of the devil, and how totally they have … Continue reading

Advent Mis-Adventures

Sunday, first Sunday in Advent, saw me happily leaving the house early to be early to an early Mass. Ten minutes later a car crossed my lane to make a left onto the road and caused a rather serious accident. I clearly saw her, saw the pickup coming down the road from the opposite direction to me, and suddenly, she pulls out directly into my path. She pulled out into my path with far too little distance between us for me to stop in time. It hurt, the impact. My seat belt did its job and held me tight, leaving … Continue reading