I LOVE THE PINK CANDLE! The Significance of Gaudete Sunday

Advent-Wreath

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...]

THINK THIS, NOT THAT #2: WAS JESUS CREATED? Answers from Nicaea

Jerusalem Cross

Introduction—What are we doing here?   This is article #2 of a series of at least 22 articles which will appear over the next several months—but you should expect a couple of “inserts,” smaller posts which explain the early provincial councils, or a particularly thorny debate, in greater detail.  Those who can do without the minutiae covered in these addendae will still end with a good overview of the complex issues which were resolved and the heresies which were refuted by the early church fathe … [Read more...]

CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

Holding hands

I attended a workshop recently led by a Benedictine priest, a great writer and speaker. His message was good, and there was much to take away. Just one thing bothered me: He complained loudly about the Church.Let me put it in context. He's a priest. That is, he is ordained, consecrated to the service of Holy Mother Church and dedicated to the people of God. But rather than helping to build the Body of Christ, he tears it down by criticizing and belittling and griping about something so small … [Read more...]


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