Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Excitement

This Christmas, many of us will get some nice gifts.  

Some will get the digital device they have been craving.  

Others will get a tie.  Or a dress.  Or the latest Xbox game.

A select few, that apparently only live in commercials, will even get a new car.

And we will smile, cheer and pump our fists in joy.

Which is fine, as long as we show 100x the excitement at Christmas Mass as we celebrate God's gift to us.

Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas, and the peace of God's love.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Would You Come Here?

"For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son..."

This past week's tragedy in Sandy Hook, Connecticut (not to be confused with the Superstorm tragedy in Sandy Hook, NJ) left most of us speechless.

Twenty beautiful children and eight innocent adults were killed in what can only be described as a nightmare.

It was horrifying.  Sad.  Unexplainable.

And you know what?  It feels like this kind of stuff happens way too often.

So I'm left asking myself one question.

No, it's not the ever popular "how could God have let this happen?"

I know full well it is human choice that has led to this, not God.

I want to know something different.

In the spirit of Advent, I want to know why on Earth God chose to come here to dwell among us?

How could He love us so much to come to a place where this kind of stuff happens?

God Bless.

P.S.  You can read my companion post to this here at the Community of Catholic Bloggers.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Did You Just Miss Today?


It's what passes us by while we are planning for tomorrow.

Or the weekend.

Or next week.

Or next year.  

Or when we are older/smarter/richer/less busy.

Yes indeed, we are a people that like to plan.  To think about what's next.  

Half the time we ignore what is right in front of us because it is in the way of what we perceive to be our finish line.

And you know what?  

We are missing God's beauty today.

In fact, I shudder to think about how much I have missed.  

And maybe that is why, today, on the first Sunday of Advent (ironically a time of preparation) we need to stop and smell the roses.  

To slow down our sprint to Christmas and enjoy God in this minute.

Because in our race to get all our gifts for December 25th, we are missing all of His...

May God Bless you and your families this Advent Season.