People often ask priests about the real purpose of Advent. Perhaps, you too, have asked –What is Advent? The quick answer is: Advent is a time of preparation and joyful expectation to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also a time to renew our hope as we wait for the second coming of our Lord.
Advent Traditions prepare us to celebrate the anniversary of our Lord's first coming into this world. I welcome you to put aside a few minutes of each day during the next three weeks to reflect on how the Son of God assumed our flesh and dwelt in our midst to save us.READ MORE
During the past four weeks, I shared some views on the different meanings of the word inspiration. One of the thoughts I shared with you was about the origin of inspiration which comes from two Latin words: "breath-in".
I also referenced the teachings of the Catholic Church about inspiration: God is the author of Sacred Scripture. "The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit."
Additionally, I shared other meanings of the word inspiration in a social context, and I hope that I was able to motivate you to think about what inspires you.READ MORE
What can be more inspiring than knowing that the Lord cares for and watches over us? He is a good Father, Provider and Giver of all things.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose." (Psalm 23:1)
"Besides restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul. He guides my paths for his name's sake." (Psalm 23:2-3)READ MORE
When asked what inspires you, many people might answer: God's love and teachings inspire me. Some will say their spouse and children are their inspiration or motivation. Others may say acts of kindness. Though, many might say that finding inspiration is hard these days.
I encourage all of you to make time during the upcoming holiday season to think about what inspires you to be the best person you can be. Below are a couple of psalms to get you started thinking about it.READ MORE
Last week I wrote about the meaning of the word inspiration according to the Holy Scriptures. If you look up inspiration in the dictionary you will find several definitions. Merriam Webster lists the following meanings for inspiration:
A divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation; the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions; the act of influencing or suggesting opinions; the act of drawing in; specifically: the drawing of air into the lungs; the quality or state of being inspired; and an inspiring agent or influence.
The Catholic Church in the United States celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week from November 5-11. An annual celebration dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our support for those who are considering one of these vocations.
Let us pray for the people in our community and around the country who may be inspired to respond. Pray that they respond generously with open hearts and willing spirits if the Lord calls them to the priesthood, diaconate or consecrated life.READ MORE