When it comes to translation, prayers can be especially tricky.
Spiritual reading arms us for all those daily battles with negativity, temptation, and sin, filling our minds, hearts, and souls with truth, building us in Christ, and strengthening us for combat.
Advent is the time for rousing.
As a chaplain in a state mental hospital, I quickly learned two things.
If our Lady knew God before she had conceived her Son, how much more intimately she knew him afterwards, when the Holy Spirit had descended on her.
At the risk of sounding like Scrooge, I fully intend to shoot Rudolph and mount his head, red nose and all, over my mantelpiece this holiday season.
The explanation for your sense of expectation is that you have an imagination.
After celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, we enter during these days into the evocative atmosphere of immediate preparation for Holy Christmas, and we already see the tree set up here.
If we miss the point of Advent, we'll miss the point of Christmas.
A good guide for us this Advent is Simone Weil (1909-1943) — the French philosopher whom T. S. Eliot described as "a kind of genius akin to that of the saints."