Today is Gaudete Sunday: the third week of Advent, the Sunday of Joy. If we take a look at the readings as a whole we find that joy is not the only major theme. Justice […]
Lessons, Carols, and The Last Jedi
Spoilers below for Star Wars: The Last Jedi My experience of Star Wars has always involved an element of waiting. Born in 1980, the original trilogy was all out before I was really aware of […]
Traditioning Joy on the Third Sunday of Advent: Testifying to the light
“I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul” Isaiah 61:10 “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for […]
What are you giving up for Advent?
No, I didn’t make a mistake and get Advent and Lent confused. As many of us who went to Catholic schools and catechism classes can remember, despite the similarities and the purple vestments, Advent is […]
Celebrating Christmas in a Time of Fear
By: Marjorie Corbman How do you celebrate Christmas when hope feels impossible? At the end of a year filled with fear and increasing violence, it can seem difficult to look forward to 2017 with enthusiasm. […]
Christmas is a strange holiday and tradition within Christianity. Its immense popularity speaks to its power, of course, but why? Why has Christmas practically surpassed Easter in the eyes of contemporary Christian culture? How has a […]
Going Out and Coming Back: The Second Sunday of Advent
The reading from the Book of Psalms often gets overlooked in Mass. As a former music minister, I struggled with the fact that there’s not a perfect melody for every psalm each Sunday, but there’s only so […]
Waiting Together and Waiting Alone
For the last 15 months, my wife and I have been waiting. Waiting, specifically, to adopt a child from the foster system in the State of Indiana. It should not have taken this long, but […]
The Fourth Sunday of Advent: What Are We Really Waiting For?
The fourth and final candle is lit. The stockings are hung. The trees are up. The planes have landed. In the words of Joni Mitchell: It’s coming on Christmas. They’re cutting down the trees. They’re […]
Third Sunday of Advent: Joy and the Baptist
“Who are you? Why are you doing these things?” The Gospel for “Gaudete Sunday” seems intentionally set to contrast with the opening of Mark’s Gospel heard last Sunday. The fourth evangelist introduces the Baptist starkly, […]
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