Ever More Committed Disciples

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

Advent according to Isaiah is a season of disarming
"They shall beat swords into plowshares."

Advent according to the Psalmist is a season of rejoicing & peace
"I will say, 'Peace be within you!"'

Advent according to Paul is a season of no drunkenness & no jealousy:                                            " ... awake from sleep ... make no provision for the desires of the flesh." 

Advent according to Jesus is a season of being alert and prepared: 
" .. for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."

What an opportunity here at Holy Rosary we are given as we begin a new liturgical year, a new year of hopefully and actively awaiting a new Season of Christmas and the future arrival of Jesus at His second coming. Let us become ever more committed disciples who disarm ourselves from grudges, unforgiving miserly hearts; Jet us rejoice in the God-given good in each neighbor and offer peace; let's discard from our lives the capital sins of sloth, lust, envy, avarice, wrath, gluttony, and pride, but rather clothing ourselves in a healing array of virtues; and, let us not worry about the details of Jesus' coming so much as becoming ever more faithful in living on fire with love of God and neighbor. The purity of a heart on fire with compassion equals life while a lukewarm heart's sludge ensures a rancid death-like stench.

Blessed Season of Advent!

-fr. Chris, 0.P.