Preparation

Nov. 30: WHO WAS THE FIRST PERSON EVER TO LIVE THE SEASON OF ADVENT? Novena to the Immaculate Conception. Day 1


On Advent (4): WHO WAS THE FIRST PERSON EVER TO LIVE THE SEASON OF ADVENT? Novena to the Immaculate Conception.   In my weekly Catechetical Masses for Grade 4 students in the school where I am one of the chaplains, I always make it a point that the homilies are interactive: I ask the young girls some questions and they, in their candor and simplicity, –admirable traits of children which we adults should never lose –, excitedly reply to all my questions. []

ON ADVENT (2): INTERIOR PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS. Make Baby Jesus Happy By Going to Confession This Advent!


ON ADVENT 2: INTERIOR PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS In a talk I gave last year to Grade 1 (7 yr-old) girls, I asked them what they were doing to prepare for the Coming of the Child Jesus. A blonde, chubby girl answered: “I’m preparing the Nativity Scene in our house”…Another girl with pony tails said: “I helped Dad and Mom decorate the Christmas tree.” I told them that all these things are quite all right but there is something more important than the []

ON ADVENT (1): WHAT IS ADVENT? Time of Preparation, of Hope and of Interior Joy


ON ADVENT (1): WHAT IS ADVENT? Time of Preparation, of Hope and of Interior Joy This coming Sunday marks the beginning of a new liturgical year when the Catholic Church celebrates the 1st Sunday of ADVENT. BUT WHAT IS THE ADVENT SEASON ALL ABOUT? The word “Advent” comes from the Latin term “adventus” which indicates the “coming”, “arrival” and “presence” of someone especially important. For us Christians, the season of Advent is a time of EXPECTATION, a time of HOPE, a time []