As we prepare for Christmas, the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we reflect upon today’s readings.* Jesus is not only the reason for the celebration of Christmas, but He is our reason for hope, no matter what else is happening in the world.

The fact that Jesus, Who is God, came down to earth because He loves us (I mean, think of it—the God Who made you and I and everyone we love; the God Who made the beauty of the earth and the sky, the God Who created all of humanity, loves us so much that He became one of us!) is better than all of the presents and celebrations and candy combined!

2020, I think everyone can agree, has been a difficult year. It is possible that this year, we may be experiencing Christmas in a different way than we’ve ever experienced it before, especially those of us who have lived all of our lives in a free country. But take heart! Christmas is still coming! No one can stop Christmas from coming no matter what they do! The true meaning of Christmas has never changed. Jesus is the Good News, the reason for the season of Christmas, the ultimate reason for the hope that we have this season. God is still God and we are still His people and no one, no matter how seemingly powerful, can change that.

It reminds me of the Dr. Suess children’s movie, “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” Theodore Geisel was a very wise man who imparted that wisdom in his lovely children’s stories. One of those lovely stories was the classic favorite, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. I can think of a few Grinches who are in power right now who would like to stop Christmas from coming. But do you remember how the Whos down in Whoville responded when the Grinch took away every present they had and all of the food and decorations that symbolized Christmas?

They sang anyway. Christmas came–joyfully—anyway.

“…Christmas Day is in our grasp as long as we have hands to clasp…..” they sang loudly and beautifully. Christmas doesn’t come from a store, realized the Grinch. Christmas means a little bit more.

There are ways to interpret that song and “hands to clasp” We have each other. But even when we are apart (and I would encourage you not to be apart) we have our God, we have Jesus, we have the One Who loves us and came to earth to save us. Our hands clasping together, we have prayer, our connection to God that no one can take away.

Romans 8:38-39 NIV

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers…neither height or depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We still have Christmas, no matter how hard anyone tries to stop it from coming. In Jesus we have a treasure that no one can ever take away from us, no matter who they are.

Merry Christmas and many blessings to you and your families. And may you have a beautiful Advent in preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ!!

Here is a lovely app that has everything you need to prepare for Advent, to pray the Rosary, to go to Mass and to even watch movies for free! It’s free to download and is called, OLMCTEMPE, available at Google Play (and I imagine other services like Apple).

John 3:16-17

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”

  • *Today’s readings are:
  • RV 14:14-19, Psalm 96:10, 11-12, 13
  • RV 2:10C
  • Gospel LK 21:5-11

The Year of Mercy

Today, December 8, 2015, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we begin a Year of  Mercy.

This is a very special year, a year of jubilee, a holy year, in which sins are forgiven and all are welcome home to God.  As Pope Francis has said,  “The time has come for the church to take up the joyful call to mercy once more. It is time to return to the basics and to bear the weaknesses and struggles of our brothers and sisters.”

Pope Francis officially marked the beginning of this special year today in Rome by opening the “Holy Door,” an entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica which is usually blocked.

After declaring the jubilee open, Francis appeared from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square to deliver the Angelus prayer, during which he called on Catholics to celebrate the Dec. 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception in two ways.

“First: Fully welcome God and his merciful grace into our lives. Second: Become in our time creators of mercy through an evangelical path.”


Bless the Lord, O my soul,Rembrandt-The_return_of_the_prodigal_son
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Psalm 103

“I continue to say that today the revolution is that of tenderness, because from here derives justice and everything else.”

Pope Francis




Merry Christmas!!!

The people walking in darkness

have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of the shadow of death

a light has dawned.

You have enlarged the nation

and increased their joy;

they rejoice before you

as people rejoice at the harvest,

as men rejoice

when dividing the plunder.

For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,

you have shattered

the yoke that burdens them,

the bar across their shoulders,

the rod of their oppressor.

Every warrior’s boot used in battle

and every garment rolled in blood

will be destined for burning,

will be fuel for the fire.

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor,Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

May you and your family have a merry and blessed Christmas!!!!!

Happy Advent 2011!

Isaiah 63 11-18 * :

11 “Then his people recalled the days of old,
   the days of Moses and his people—
where is he who brought them through the sea,
   with the shepherd of his flock?
Where is he who set
   his Holy Spirit among them,
12 who sent his glorious arm of power
   to be at Moses’ right hand,
who divided the waters before them,
   to gain for himself everlasting renown,
13 who led them through the depths?
Like a horse in open country,
   they did not stumble;
14 like cattle that go down to the plain,
   they were given rest by the Spirit of the LORD.
This is how you guided your people
   to make for yourself a glorious name.

 15 Look down from heaven and see,
   from your lofty throne, holy and glorious.
Where are your zeal and your might?
   Your tenderness and compassion are withheld from us.
16 But you are our Father,
   though Abraham does not know us
   or Israel acknowledge us;
you, LORD, are our Father,
   our Redeemer from of old is your name.
17 Why, LORD, do you make us wander from your ways
   and harden our hearts so we do not revere you?
Return for the sake of your servants,
   the tribes that are your inheritance.
18 For a little while your people possessed your holy place,
   but now our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary.

And here are some Advent readings from EWTN!



It is the Second Week of Advent! Welcome, Jesus, into our Hearts!


God of Strength,
I need your courage.
You offer to make firm the knees that are weak.
Only you know how frightened I so often am.

And you do offer me strength.
There is the promise of your Son’s coming
and knowing that you will save me.
I can’t do this on my own
no matter how often I think I can.

Give me the humility to ask for your help
and open heart to accept
your healing and love in my life.


Dear Lord,
Through the darkness, I look for your wisdom.
I want my heart to be open to you.
But sometimes in these days, it seems that
so many things come between us.

Help me to be awake and aware
of the radiance you bring to my life.
Help me to be grateful each day
for the blessings of family and friends.
Let me be a peacemaker
in my own life, and in the world.
Let me pray especially for this difficult world
and those who are so in need of an end to violence.
My heart begs for this as my Advent prayer today.

The Very First Christmas





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In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)  And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,  and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels Govert_Flinck_-_Aankondiging_aan_de_herders

 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ  the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,455px-William-Adolphe_Bouguereau_(1825-1905)_-_Song_of_the_Angels_(1881)

 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,  and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.


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