The Holy Family’s Marriage Advice

12-26-2021Liturgy CornerTom Hoopes

Ways that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph set us on the right track in everyday life.

My son is getting married this weekend, and his Christmastime wedding is making me think of how the Holy Family’s lessons apply to everyday life. Here are four ways.

First, God makes things way harder — and way happier — for you.

I know a priest once who had a saying: “Mary got Jesus, and then all her troubles began.” It’s true. Even those God appoints a special task — especially those whom God appoints a special task — can expect things to get harder, not easier.

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How Christmas Lights Remind Us of Jesus

12-19-2021Liturgy CornerPhilip Kosloski

Christmas has always been a "feast of lights," reminding us that Jesus is the "light of the world."

In the Western world, Christmas trees and houses are often lit by electric lights during the darkest time of the year. While this tradition has become commercialized and is practiced by Christians and non-Christians alike, it is rooted in a Christian understanding of who Jesus is.

In the early Church, Jesus was often depicted as Sol Invictus, the “Unconquered Sun.” Meanwhile, December 25 was known in the pagan world as the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Birthday of the Unconquered Sun).

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Christmas highlights Jesus’ personal love for you

12-12-2021Liturgy CornerPhilip Kosloski

Jesus loved you so much that he came into this world as a little child.

Why did Jesus come into this world? Have you ever thought that he came into this world for you, in a personal way, that he had you in his mind?

We don’t always remember that Jesus didn’t simply come into this world for all of us in a general way, but more importantly, he was born in a stable for each one of us in a personal way. He knew about us and chose to suffer so that we might have life.

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Three Comings of Christ

12-12-2021Eucharistic Adoration

In Advent the Church prepares for the three comings of Christ. She prepares for His coming as a little baby atChristmas. She prepares for His coming at the end of time, when He will come to judge the living and thedead. She also prepares for the coming of Christ in the Eucharist. Emmanuel means “God is with us” (Matthew1:23). In the Eucharist Jesus is truly ‘God with us’. When Jesus came as a little baby He was vulnerable andweak; He hid his divinity. In the Eucharist Jesus continues to make himself vulnerable and weak, and hidesboth his divinity and his humanity. God came to save us from our sins 2000 years ago, yet He remains in theEucharist to heal us from the effects of our sin.

Christmas Novenas and Their Beautiful Symbolism

12-05-2021Liturgy CornerPhilip Kosloski

The Church has always had a soft spot for Christmas novenas, whether it is the St. Andrew Prayer or the O Antiphons. The Catholic Church tends to emphasize the need for adequate spiritual preparation before any major feast. Whether its Christmas or Easter, the Church urges its members to prepare their hearts for an encounter with the Lord. Christmas in particular has retained many popular devotions and traditions that go above and beyond the normal Advent preparations.

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There are many forms of prayer.

12-05-2021Eucharistic Adoration

We can offer praise to God for who He is. We can offer thanksgiving forwhat He has done, but we can also pray for others and make their needs and concerns our own. This is calledintercessory prayer. Often in times of trial or difficulty the only thing we can say to someone who is strugglingis that we will pray for them. We can place that person on our hearts and then go before Jesus in the BlessedSacrament and offer Him our hearts. He will hear our prayers and answer them according to what is truly goodfor us and for others.