Archives for December 2009

From the Pastor – December 27, 2009

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” (Col. 3:16 ) As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family this weekend, it is good to reflect upon our family lives, and to examine whether we're being good family members. When we contemplate the Holy Family, we note the fact that when the \ God became man - when the Word became flesh - He became flesh as a little child within a family. That was a divine choice, because Jesus could have chosen any way he wanted to manifest Himself. He could have arrived on earth as a 33 year old adult or an 80 year old man. But Jesus was conceived and began his existence in Mary's womb, and was born as a baby in a family. … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – December 20, 2009

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” (Lk. 1:41-45 ) Sometimes I hear people within and without the Catholic Church complaining about the Catholic Church's efforts to protect innocent human life. These people often characterize themselves as “pro-choice” and speak about a “right to choose,” and they treat the “abortion issue” as just one of a myriad issues facing the Church and the world. In concert with a sympathetic mass media who define abortion as a “woman's rights issue,” the … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – December 13, 2009

“Brothers and sisters: Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.” (Phil. 4:4-5 ) This third Sunday of Advent is called “Gaudete Sunday” from the Latin St. Paul uses when he tells us to “rejoice in the Lord always”: gaudete in Domino semper! The spirit of the Liturgy in Advent is one of expectation and preparation for Christmas and the Second Coming of Christ, but our penitential attitude is suspended on Gaudete Sunday so that we might focus on the joy of our Redemption, which should never be far from our hearts. To highlight the importance of Gaudete Sunday, the priest wears rose vestments and lights a rose candle on the Advent wreath. Why do we mark this day by focusing particularly on joy? Because the Church … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – December 6, 2009

“John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” (1 Thes 3:12 ) In the ancient world, there were no interstates. Roads were little more than worn down paths that were constantly being affected by traffic or weather. One of the hallmarks of the Roman army is that they built roads wherever they went. But when there was a battle, roads and bridges would be destroyed in order to stop the advance of the enemy. But one thing was certain: when word came that someone important was coming, the people would do their best to fix the roads or build new ones so that the … [Read more...]