I LOVE THE PINK CANDLE! The Significance of Gaudete Sunday


How often a good idea finds expression in the rich liturgy and tradition of the Church!GAUDETE SUNDAY is a case in point.  The word gaudete (pronounced gow dĕ’ tā)—Latin for “rejoice”—is actually the first word of the Introit (Entrance antiphon) of the Mass for that day.  And rejoice, we do!But first, about ADVENT:  The word means “coming” or “arrival”; and during the four weeks of Advent, we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas.  The air is rife with expecta … [Read more...]

Margaret Chase Smith and the Four Horsemen of Calumny

Margaret Chase Smith

December 14 is the birthday of an important woman in American politics, a United States Senator from Maine.  Not Olympia Snowe, not Susan Collins—No, it’s the birthday of Senator Margaret Chase Smith.Born in Skowhegan, Maine, on December 14, 1897, Margaret Chase grew to be a talented young woman.  She taught school in a one-room schoolhouse, worked as a telephone operator, and served as circulation manager for the Skowhegan newspaper, the Independent Reporter.  She was an office worker in a l … [Read more...]