Is a difficult journey. The beginning of Advent is also the start of the Church's new calendar year. The two are a perfect time to ask God for a "metanoia" ( change in one's way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion.) Alleluia!
"House of Bread." We begin this advent journey filled with a new Hope. In our hope may we be more vulnerable to the One we will encounter at our destination. May hope bring about a change in each of us that only this expectant baby can bring about. Alleluia!
We came into the world with nothing. And we will leave this world with nothing. For this Advent journey let us try to minimize what we are carrying - anxiety, anger, envy, or unrealistic expectations of life. We will only need a child-like curiosity and love. Alleluia!
God relies on the love of a man and woman joined in the covenant of marriage. The "Trinitarian" relationship is cooperative and complimentary. Mary and Joseph model what husband and wife can achieve with God even in the most demanding of situations. Alleluia!
Mary accepted God's proposal without hesitation due in part to her strong faith and trust in Him. Is our faith strong enough to allow us to completely cooperate with God's plan for us? It is never too late for us! Alleluia!
Just a few minutes ago, I heard a beautiful song written and sung by a young woman suffering from cancer. She has a 2 percent chance of surviving and is "hopeful" because it isn't 0 percent. Then I heard about a hopeless man who drove a vehicle into a Christmas parade only to kill and injure countless brothers and sisters. Both brought me to tears and as I cried out to God; Jesus said, "Here I am, always in the "middle." We all need God! In the middle with