4th Sunday of Advent

Grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7 I’m excited that Christmas is almost here, but for the first time ever, I’m sad that Advent is almost over. For me, this has been the most fruitful Advent so far. With the St. Andrew Christmas Novena and theContinue reading “4th Sunday of Advent”

Trusting His Mercy

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 Trust… what a beautiful word. I didn’t think to associate it with Confession until I went to Confession recently. The priest kept repeating this little word, encouraging me to trust that I can turn to God in theContinue reading “Trusting His Mercy”

3rd Sunday of Advent

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. James 5:7 On Gaudete Sunday, we take a break from purple and put on rose. We light the third candle in our Advent wreath with joy, knowing that Advent is halfway over. Christmas will be here before we know it! The third candle represents joy,Continue reading “3rd Sunday of Advent”

2nd Sunday of Advent

It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: “A voice crying out in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’” Matthew 3:3 When you give God an inch, he will surely take a mile. I’m amazed by how much I’ve grown in prayer during theContinue reading “2nd Sunday of Advent”

You Only Burn Yourself: Struggling to let go of Anger

In your anger, do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26 I find myself holding onto anger more often than I care to admit. Everyone gets irritated and upset from time to time, but unfortunately, I dwell on those negative emotions for longer than I should.Continue reading “You Only Burn Yourself: Struggling to let go of Anger”

1st Sunday of Advent

Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Matthew 24:42 I used to think of Advent as just the liturgical season before Christmas. I would wish Advent away and anticipate Christmas day. Now I understand Advent as not just a period of waiting, but of preparation. As IContinue reading “1st Sunday of Advent”

Why I’m Praying the St. Andrew Christmas Novena

He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:19-20 I’ve been looking for ways to transform my Advent. For most of my life, I’ve approached it as just the Liturgical season before Christmas. This year, instead of onlyContinue reading “Why I’m Praying the St. Andrew Christmas Novena”

Give Thanks to the Lord

Give thanks to the LORD for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 Gratitude is so important. I think it’s so beautiful that we set aside a day to give thanks, but how beautiful would it be if we incorporated gratitude into our daily routine? How much more gracious and loving would weContinue reading “Give Thanks to the Lord”

St. Catherine of Alexandria

When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. Mathew 10:19 What an incredible, inspiring Saint St. Catherine of Alexandria is. St. Catherine of Alexandria was an Egyptian princess who lived duringContinue reading “St. Catherine of Alexandria”

Singing Praises with St. Cecelia

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Psalm 95:1 Lately I’ve found myself singing hymns more often. Instead of singing my favorite pop songs, I’ve been catching myself humming and singing church hymns, like “O God Beyond All Praising” and contemporary Christian songs,Continue reading “Singing Praises with St. Cecelia”