Thoughts on Advent

Advent is a penitential season: thus, the purple. Like Lent, Advent is a time to contemplate our sinfulness that makes us unworthy of the coming of Our Savior. (As an aside: To practice penitence during Advent I have experimented a little bit so far with backing off of consumption of sweets, Lent-style, like Catholics used…

Advent Poem/Prayer

Blessed Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! This being the only apparition I know of in which Our Lady reveals herself as pregnant (I have heard that the black bands around her wrists are an old Mexican tradition denoting pregnancy), today is a great day to post this poem by my all-time favorite Catholic poet, Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins.…

Advent Candles

I just learned from a wonderful Advent post at Fisheaters that the Advent candles on your wreath each have a meaning/dedication– 1st Sunday (Purple): Patriarchs 2nd Sunday (Purple): Prophets 3rd Sunday (Rose): St. John the Baptist 4th Sunday (Purple): Our Lady How about that? This season and this tradition just got even more amazing!

Coming Up: St. Nicholas’ Day

By the grace of God, I am a Catholic, although most of my ancestors were not. Just one of my great-grandmothers was a Catholic, but her faith converted her husband and they brought up Catholic children, including my grandmother. She repeated this story, marrying a non-Catholic, and her husband converted. Then their son, my father,…