happy new year!

Happy Advent! 

And a very Happy New Year to all my fellow Catholics! Yes, Catholics have three chances, not one, to celebrate New Year’s.  On the First Sunday of Advent, you will customarily hear parishioners wishing one another a “Happy New Year!” Non-catholics are generally surprised or confused to hear this, until they discover we follow a liturgical year as well as a calendrical one, and the first Sunday of Advent is the start of another annual cycle!

The second New Year’s Day for Catholics is, of course, January 1.  When we can join the rest of the world, have a drink, look back with thanks, and look forward with hope and hopefully set off a few fireworks!  On this day we will also celebrate again the birth of the Lord, and the dawn of our redemption by honoring Mary the Mother of God.

Can’t touch this!
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bounce

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Have you ever read something that left you feeling as if it had been written

JUST FOR YOU?  

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I’ve been having several of those moments within these past weeks & months.  The material has come from multiple sources and has applied to various circumstances; but none the less, I have marveled as my Heavenly Father has led me to each one.

It’s as if He’s handing me important pieces to the jig-saw puzzle of my life. Continue reading “bounce”

agony

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I am a Pennsylvanian.

I am a Roman Catholic.

I am a member of one of the 6 Dioceses’ named in the recently released grand-jury report.

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And every time I am with the reality of evil which lies within this report, both my prayer and my God take me to one thing… Continue reading “agony”