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  • Fr. Barron's Advent Reflections

    • Sometimes we are made to wait because we are not yet adequately prepared to receive what God wants to give us. In his remarkable letter to Proba, Saint Augustine argued that
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  • Notes from your Pastor

    “We are Called to Receive the Light and to Shine the Light for Others to See”
                During this Season of Advent, we are called to receive the Light of God’s Love and to shine the Light of God’s Love for others to see.  We make a journey from Advent darkness into Christmas light.  Before Christmas the days grow shorter, the light decreases and the darkness increases.  Around Christmas, the situation turns around, the light gradually increases and the darkness decreases.
                We celebrated Gaudete Sunday at our Masses the weekend of December 13 th & 14 th.  The word, Gaudete means Rejoice.  We light the pink candle on the Advent wreath.  Why do we rejoice?  We rejoice because Christmastime draws closer.  Even during these days of growing darkness, Advent candles are lit to signify that Christ, Our Light wishes to shine in the darkness of our lives.
                What are the areas of darkness in your life and the life of your family?  Perhaps, you or those you love are facing various challenges.  Maybe there is sickness or sorrow over the death of a loved one.  Perhaps, there are financial struggles or difficult human relationships.  Whatever the situation may be, the Light of Christ’s Love wishes to shine there.
                We can look at the four letters in the word, PUSH, as you push a door.  We could say those four letters stand for the invitation to Pray Until Something Happens.  We receive the Light in prayer.  We are invited to take opportunities to spend more time in prayer and reflection during Advent.
                The Light of God’s Unconditional Love shines before us in the Eucharist.  To the degree that we open ourselves to that Light, we can be transformed.  We are called to be open.
                In the Gospel, John the Baptist comes to testify to the Light.  Some are open, they repent and receive the water baptism of John.  Others are not open, they walk away unchanged.  If the shades are down or the blinds are closed or the curtains are drawn, not much sunlight is able to come into a room.  If we want sunlight to come into a room, we must pull the shades up, open the blinds and open the curtains.
                Similarly, with our hearts, we are invited to open our hearts to receive the Light.  We are called to remove those thoughts and feelings, which may be preventing us from receiving the light.  Among them could be anger, resentment, selfishness and various negative emotions or thoughts.
                The Christophers have a motto…It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.  Yes, we acknowledge the darkness, but we end in faith, saying I believe that the Light of Christ will shine in this darkness.
                After we receive the Light of God’s Love in prayer, we share the Light of that love with others.  I am grateful to all who responded to the invitation from the Giving Tree to provide gifts for needy children.  That is a good, positive example of sharing the Light with others.
                As I have mentioned before, if you want joy in your life think about the three letters in the word JOY: J stands for Jesus; O stands for others and Y stands for you.  To the degree that you are open to receive the Light of Jesus’ Love in prayer and to the degree that you are willing to share that Light with others, you will have a joy-filled Christmas.
                May we journey together from Advent darkness into Christmas Light by opening more fully our hearts to Christ and to one another.
  • Karen's Korner

    Did you know that the time is almost here?  In this fourth week of Advent, we have begun the “O Antiphons” which are the seven antiphons recited before the Magnificat during Vespers in the Octave before Christmas.  The importance of the
    O Antiphons is to highlight a title for the Messiah and each one refers to a specific Prophecy by Isaiah about the Messiah. 
              Day one is “O Wisdom”, from Isaiah 11:2-3 “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding” and Isaiah 28:29 “He is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom.” 
              Day two is “O Sacred Lord” from Isaiah 11:4-5 “He shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the lands afflicted.  He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.  Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.”  Isaiah 32:22 says “Indeed the Lord will be there with us, majestic; yes the Lord our judge, the Lord our lawgiver, the Lord our king, he it is who will save us.” 
              Day three: “O Flower of Jesse” from Isaiah 11:1, “A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of its roots.” 
              Day four:  “O Key of David” from Isaiah 22:22 “I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; He shall shut, and no one shall open.” 
              Day five:  “O Radiant Dawn” from Isaiah 9:2, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness, on them light has shined”. 
              Day six:  “O King of all the Nations” from Isaiah 9:5, “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
              Day seven: “O Emmanuel” from Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.  Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.”  Remember, “Emmanuel” means “God with us!” 
              What a wonderful way to lead into Christmas by meditating upon these names for the Messiah!  Another interesting fact, if you take the Latin names from the last to the first, they spell “ ero cras” which means “Forward” or “Tomorrow.”  So in using these antiphons, and using the seven Messianic titles, the Lord continues to tell us, “I will come, tomorrow, I will come!”
    See you soon!