The third Sunday in Advent, so named from the opening word of the Introit in the Mass, “Gaudete” (Rejoice). When obtainable, rose-colored vestments are used, to symbolize the fact that the penitential observances of the season are suspended for the day in order to rejoice in the Redemption which is so near at hand.
Though each of those who are called have his own station in life, though the sons of the Church are separated from each other by the passage of the years, yet the entire body of the faithful, having a common origin in the baptismal font, are crucified together with Christ in His passion, are raised up in His resurrection, and in His ascension are placed with Him at the Father’s right hand — and so likewise are they all with Him born in this Nativity. For every believer, in whatever part of the world he may be, who is reborn in Christ, quits the evil path of his first origin, and by being born again is changed into a new man. For no longer is he considered as an offspring merely of an earthly father, but as belonging now to the seed of the Savior, who for this reason became the Son of man that we might have the power of becoming sons of God. – Pope Saint Leo the Great
“And call no man on earth your father, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.”
In her recent book entitled, Hope Will Find You, Rabbi Naomi Levy writes about the preaching course she took in rabbinical school. It was taught by an elderly rabbi, wise and learned, who became a beloved friend and mentor to the young rabbinical student.
At their last meeting before her graduation, Naomi asked: “Rabbi, what words of wisdom do you have for me as I become a rabbi?”
The eminent rabbi sat in silence for a few moments. And then he spoke these words:
“Never … wear .. brown.”
That was it. That’s all Naomi got. Never wear brown? Was he kidding?
But as her life as a rabbi and spouse and parent unfolded, Naomi came to understand exactly what the rabbi meant. Naomi writes:
ProLifeCorner- Annarae- After all the tension, frustration and emotion that the recent election caused so many people, Father Timothy Barr brings everything into proper perspective. That is that Jesus is our true King and Savior, not the government or political leaders. This video is only 6 min. long and well worth viewing.
“For everyone who exults themselves will be humbled, but the ones who humble themselves will be exulted.”
There once lived a man so humble, that even the angels rejoiced at the sight of him. But, in spite of his great sanctity, he didn’t even have the slightest idea that he was holy. He just went about his humdrum and ordinary daily tasks, diffusing goodness in the same way flowers unconsciously diffuse their fragrance, and in the same way streetlights diffuse their glow.
His sanctity lay in this – that he forgot each person’s past, and looked at him or her, as they were, and he looked beyond each person’s appearance to the very center of their being, where they were innocent and blameless and too unaware to know what they were doing. Thus, he loved and forgave everyone he met – and he saw nothing extraordinary in this, for it was the result of his way of looking at people.Continue reading →
“… her many sins have been forgiven because she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”
For almost two years Peter and Susan traveled together through the terrifying wilderness of serious illness.
Susan had just returned home from playing tennis when she suddenly dropped to the kitchen floor. She was rushed to the emergency room of the local hospital, where she was stabilized. As her husband Peter and their children Jacob and Rachel watched helplessly, Susan was put on life support before being airlifted to a university hospital. Susan had suffered a brain aneurysm.
It was the beginning of an 18-month odyssey for Susan and Peter and their family that including three brain surgeries, devastating setbacks, frustrating rehab, erratic mood swings — and waiting – and struggling to pray.Continue reading →
“While Jesus was praying, his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white.”
A woman who had never seen the ocean before went on a cruise. On the voyage she was captivated by the variety of colors she saw in different parts of the ocean — azure, turquoise, aquamarine, emerald. She collected samples of each hue in small bottles.
When she returned home, she wanted to show her friends the magnificent colors she had seen. But when she poured the contents of each bottle into separate glasses to show them, she was shocked to see that all they contained was water — colorless, translucent, ordinary water.Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner.com – 10-3-2015 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – We all know anti-Christian persecution is on the rise and is the only politically correct form of hate our society accepts. From Christians being beheaded in the Middle East to college students in America being executed for admitting they are Christians, the progressive culture of death is doing all it can to destroy Christian faith.
On Saturday morning, Oct 3, 2015, St. Bernadette Church in Rockford, Illinois had two ten foot signs stolen from their property and the poles that held the signs vandalized and destroyed. Continue reading →
Rockford, Il (ProLifeCorner.com) – 9-1-2013 – by James – We see in our world today children killed by abortion, nations torn asunder by war, families divided by a rotting culture, and our beloved country being run by a man who seems hell bent on destroying America. Please take a few minutes and watch this video to see what just one person can do to bring us hope if they have Jesus Christ in their heart. Continue reading →