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Advent: Being Truly Hopeful!

Today we embark on a new journey within the church, the journey of Advent. All the green cloths in the church have been replaced with purple, and the atmosphere has become one of anticipation and excitement. During this time of Advent we have four candles to guide our paths, thinking, and journey. Today, we light the first purple candle; the candle of hope.

     Advent is surly a time of hope, we are hopeful for the coming of Christ, and his outpouring of graces into our lives. But as post-resurrection people, we already know Christ came and we already know that he will come at Christmas. It's happened already, and we know it will happen again and again. Thats where the challenge of  this season begins.

    We are challenged to become the Jewish people. the Israelites, anticipating the arrival of the Messiah.  We must really put our selves back in time to understand the beauty of this season that we now call Advent. We must force ourselves to truly anticipate the one king, wh…

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Feast of Christ the King

89 years ago, Pope Pious the Eleventh had instituted the feast we celebrate today, that is, The Feast of Jesus Christ the king of the universe. This feast day was instituted at a time when secularism was taking over and Pious added it to refute the modern thinking of the time. Many European leaders had been consumed by there power and had become large, and fierce dictators, and for their purpose, and to define who the real king was, Pope Pious, in an encyclical added the feast of Christ the King to the liturgical year.

    In my opinion, this feast is needed today just as much as it was back then. New forms of secularism have taken over our society, individualism. The idea that one must do everything and anything for themselves and that only themselves can be in charge of oneself. This is a new form of secularism that has damaged our society to the point of disbelief in Christ Jesus.

    Today however, Jesus presents himself not has a selfish, unrighteous ruler, rather he presen…

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We Will Remember Them

Extending Beyond the Physical walls

Today we celebrate the feast of the Dedication of Lateran Basilica in Rome. At first thought, someone might ask, " Why is the dedication of a basilica celebrated throughout the entire church?" that is a very good question and the answer isn't a short one.

     At the beginning of the fourth century, Christianity saw the light at the end of the tunnel. That light was the Roman emperor Constantine. For the past two hundred years Christians were being persecuted under different extremes by the Roman Empire. Constantine had made Christianity legal again and helped make it the official religion of the empire. During his time as emperor, Constantine built many churches; one of them being, St John Lateran Basilica. An interesting fact is that there is no actual saint named, " St John Lateran" Rather, it was named after St John the Evangelist and St John the Baptist.

    So why this basilica? Well it is considered to be "THE Mother of all Churches" It is…

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Making Ordinary Time a Little Less Ordinary- Explanation

I find that the most ironic part of this entire series is that their is NOTHING Ordinary about Ordinary time. The title of this series was simply a play on words. One of the many things discussed and decided upon at the Second Vatican Council was that the period of time between Christmas and Lent, and Easter and Christmas, which had no name, would now be called, " Ordinary time" Or " Numbered days" 
     Before Vatican 2 It was called the, " Season after Epiphany" and "Season after Pentecost" So it came to be Ordinary time, because they had used the 'ordinal numbers' ( first, second, third...) instead of the 'cardinal numbers' ( one, two, three...) 
     The Ordinary time Season begins on the Sunday evening of the Baptism of our Lord. The morning of that day we celebrate Christmas, but in the evening we celebrate the First Sunday of Ordinary time. Although, it is very short, it still is celebrated. That is why the Monday is…

Dying to this world...

Today we celebrate the feast of All Souls Day. We pray and remember the people whos 'life [has] changed, not ended' (Preface of the Dead I)  We pray the God will be with them and grant them peace and joy in his heavenly kingdom.

     The Gospel from John today expresses Jesus journey to his Cross. Whenever Jesus speaks about being glorified he is speaking about his death; the ultimate sign of his love for us and his commitment to Gods unfailing will. Jesus initiates the conversation with this remark, " The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified" His life is short, and he is talking to his disciples about it and how they can join him in heaven.

    "Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain, but if it dies, it bears much fruit"

     We are this grain, that has fallen into this world. We have the challenge of dying to Christ and living in the world. We are given this choice; to remain has a single gra…