Christmas Week
Posted on December 28, 2015

We just experienced Christmas – the Mass of the Christ. “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, for unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2: 11) “Unto you is born ….” Unto US. “Unto us a Child is born. Unto us a Son is given.” (Isaiah 9: 6) Unto US.

Random Holiday Thoughts
Posted on December 21, 2015

Random thoughts in the middle of the season ……..

I’ve not done any shopping yet. I know people who completed theirs last summer. In fact, I even know one person who does all her Christmas shopping for the coming year the week after every Christmas. She says it’s when you get the best discounts. As for me, I’ve not even started yet. I promise myself every year not to be running around for those last few items on Christmas Eve. I always break my promise. Maybe it’s part of my own personal holiday tradition.

“Whatcha’ doing for Christmas?”
Posted on December 14, 2015

“Whatcha’ doing for Christmas?” If you haven’t heard the question yet, you will. It covers a wide variety of inquiries. It may mean, “Are you staying in town or traveling?” It may mean, “Are you having family in or spending the holiday in some quieter, more private way?” It may refer to how much shopping you need to do, what parties you wish to attend, or what plays or movies you plan to see. It may even have to do with personal religious practices (that should be the case, but sadly not everyone couples the season of the holiday with the event of the Holy Day). However it is used, you and I will hear the question posed by numerous people this month: “Whatcha’ doing for Christmas?”

Advent
Posted on December 7, 2015

During the season of Advent, we’re going to hear a lot about the biblical promise of a “Prince of Peace” and about personal challenges to become “peacemakers.” We will hear the good news of great joy announced by angels over Bethlehem, “Peace on earth, good will to all!” We hear those messages every year, of course. But given the state of things in the world currently, those words take on an even deeper meaning.