Advent is the time for rousing.
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.
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."
One of the most rewarding aspects of my ministry as a school chaplain has been to introduce students to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and silence.
What does "exceptional" mean?
The depth of joy which the saint experiences cannot be separated from his conviction of the reality of its source.
Your final question is: "How not worry?"!