Made for Mission

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19-20 Make Disciples of All NationsThe last verses of the Gospel of Matthew are referred to as the GreatContinue reading “Made for Mission”

The Season of Spiritual Giving

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed and what the shepherds said to them. Luke 2:16-18 The Gift ofContinue reading “The Season of Spiritual Giving”

Away in a Manger

And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:7 The Meaning of the MangerWe’re familiar with the Nativity story. Mary and Joseph found no room in the inn. She gave birth to theContinue reading “Away in a Manger”

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 The Word I Needed to HearTrust… what a beautiful word. I didn’t think to associate it with Confession until I went to Confession recently. Fr. Adam kept repeating this little word, encouraging me to trust that I canContinue 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 When Anger Consumes MeI 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 longerContinue 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 Embracing AdventI’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 ofContinue reading “Why I’m Praying the St. Andrew Christmas Novena”