Christmas changed everything

Christmas changed everything

  But when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might have adoption as sons. —Galatians 4:4-5     ” And this is how Christmas changed everything. By establishing the conditions for our adoption as children of God— By bringing about a certain identification between man and God and Jesus Christ.”   There is no greater gift than this. Merry Christmas.   +PAX  quote: Joy to the World- Scott Hahn, p...

O Emmanuel

  “O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster.” The Great Antiphons. Gregorian chant notation from the Liber Usualis (1961), p. 342. Latin lyrics sung by the Cantarte Regensburg. “Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God!”   “The exact origin of the O Antiphons is not known. Boethius (c. 480-524) made a slight reference to them, thereby suggesting their presence at that time. At the Benedictine abbey of Fleury (now Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire), these antiphons were recited by the abbot and other abbey leaders in descending rank, and then a gift was given to each member of the...

With your whole hearts

With your whole hearts

    ….turn to God and He will blot out all your sins. ( Acts 3:19) This from the Canticle in the Divine Office today–Could there be a more appropriate verse for us as a people and nation as we ready ourselves for the coming of our Savior? I can hardly bear the news of late, but I know that our Savior Jesus is the answer, that we have been appointed for such a time as this; as difficult and impossible as the mission seems. St Paul reminds us that “the things he had to undergo in Asia were more of a burden than he could carry, so that he even despaired of life.” They were, he says, “carrying with them their own death warrant, but it taught them,  ….not to rely on themselves, but only on God, who raises the dead to life....

It’s ravioli weekend

It’s ravioli weekend

  I get the same text from my sister every year ~  “…We’re making the ravioli this Sunday.” Be there. NO excuses.“ Ugh Not even a recent hospital visit slowed her down or changed her mind. I really thought I was home free this year. But no. Here’s a post from the past. ——–  —– ——-   There’s redemption in ravioli; but, before you report me to the online theology police, let me give you some background on my thesis. I have five days left to prepare before the onset of this yearly tradition that has been in my family for generations. My sister and I have been making this homemade ravioli recipe virtually all our lives. We started out in our basement as my mother’s...

There is no other Christmas

There is no other Christmas

  Following a beautiful and firmly rooted tradition, many families set up their crib immediately after the feast of the Immaculate Conception, as if to relive with Mary those days full of trepidation that preceded the birth of Jesus.   {…}The crib helps us contemplate the mystery of God’s love that was revealed in poverty and simplicity at the Bethlehem Grotto…   Indeed, the crib can help us understand the secret of the true Christmas, because it speaks of the humility and merciful goodness of Christ, who “though He was rich, made Himself poor” for us. (cf 2 Cor 8:9)   His poverty enriches those who embrace it, and Christmas brings joy and peace to those who, like the shepherds in Bethlehem, accept the angels...