Your Advent Penance

I know some argue that Advent is "no longer" a penitential season, and others say it is.I'm not debating it. I think a little penance is a good thing. And here is yours. :-)Via … [Read more...]

Advent Fire in the Earth

Fire In the Earth It is done. Once again the Fire has penetrated the earth Not with the sudden crash of thunderbolt, riving the mountain tops; does the Master break down doors to enter his own home? Without earthquake, or thunderclap: the flame has lit us the whole world from within. All things individually and collectively are penetrated and flooded by it, from the inmost core of the tiniest atom to the mighty sweep of the most universal lawas of being: so naturally has it flooded every … [Read more...]

On this Mountain a Night of Silence

Good morning! First reading from mass is from the Prophet, Isaiah:On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces; the reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth; for the Lord has spoken.On that day it will be said: "Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the Lord for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he … [Read more...]

What is your favorite Christmas Carol?

I know we're in Advent, (my latest Advent reflection is here) and -for me, anyway- nothing captures the sense of longing and urgent anticipation of this season than O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. I also like O Come, Divine Messiah very much. Some of you may remember I vocally murdered it on one of my Advent Podcasts from last year.But I think my three favorite Christmas Songs are Angels We Have Heard on High, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (I am partial to the French Carols) and, finally, We … [Read more...]

Advent of Lions and Lambs

Good stuff, today from Magnificat Magazine:The first reading at Mass:On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jess, and fro his roots a bud shall blossom. the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a Spirit of counsel and strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord. Not by appearance shall he judge, not by hearsay shall he decide, but he shall judge the poor with justice, and … [Read more...]

The Kitsch of Christmas

A while back I got a lot of emails from people wondering if I had lost my mind, or had become confused, because I posted this video.To this day, I have no idea whether the thing is real or not. My suspicion was that it was a parody meant to sting the consciences of those who go overboard with the Christian Kitsch -you know, the pictures of Jesus playing soccer with the kids, or the Virgin Mary who looks like Barbie.As Christmas draws near, our friend Caroline Cannonball -who … [Read more...]

LOTH Guide books Reminder

That time of year again - if you pray the Liturgy of the Hours, whether out of the 4-volume set or the shorter breviary (entitled Christian Prayer), you may want to take a moment and pick up your guidebooks for 2010.I know, I know, we who use the books regularly should know how to navigate them without the guidebooks, but after almost 12 years I am still in need of the guides, particularly on special feast days.Guidebook for the 4-volume setGuidebook for the Christian Prayer BreviaryI … [Read more...]