I LOVE THE PINK CANDLE! The Significance of Gaudete Sunday

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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...]

A TRIFECTA OF GRACES: Mary, Mary, and the Good Sisters of Guest House

Yesterday was quite a day!First, it was the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It’s one of my favorite feasts… but more on that later.Second, for the first time on American soil, a Marian apparition was officially approved—that is, was called “worthy of belief.” More on that later, too!But third, what I really wanted to talk about, is just what it means to be called to religious life. *     *     *     *     * I had the privilege yesterday of attending Mass with the sisters who are cur … [Read more...]

SUFFER (because) THE LITTLE CHILDREN (don’t want) TO COME UNTO ME: When Children Aren't Charming in Church

IF YOU’RE A PARENT, you know it can happen.  Your chubby little Chad can be simply angelic, smiling and blowing kisses all through breakfast, but morph into “Chucky” just as the homily begins.IF YOU DON’T HAVE CHILDREN OF YOUR OWN, you sigh in exasperation when the toddler in the pew in front of you cavorts in the aisle, peers into purses and loudly demands donuts while tossing his toys in the air.Sometimes, small children just can’t sit still in church, regardless of the careful parental pla … [Read more...]


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