My prayer for all of us is that we would celebrate this Christmas not as tourists but as pilgrims. And what is a pilgrim? There are two possible definitions, and both of them apply.
Articles by: Fr. George Smiga
Political Power, Personality, and the Sovereignty of God:
The Books of First and Second Samuel
The angel appears to Mary and begins with a beautiful greeting: “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” Why then does the next line tell us that Mary was greatly disturbed?
Why do people believe in a God who guides their lives? People believe because when they examine their own experience they find indications, hints if you will, that there is a power in this world other than chance.
Silence destroys relationships. Psalms push through our barrier of silence with God. When a psalm is prayed sincerely it breaks through emptiness and takes the risk of opening communication with the Almighty.
Catholic teaching insists that the Jewish people are not cursed or responsible for Jesus’ death. Yet Matthew 27:15-26 presents the Jewish crowd “as a whole” calling for crucifixion and saying that Jesus’ blood might fall upon them!
Giving is is eternally important. Yet it is impossible to give unless someone is willing to receive.
What can we do when pain and loss enter our lives? Although we cannot explain evil, we can negotiate its presence though acceptance and “throwing together.”
The Christian preaching tradition has been molded upon a paradigm which promotes Jesus at the expense of Judaism. As a result, often by default, Judaism is routinely denigrated when Jesus is preached.
There are different kinds of time. Greek uses two words to distinguish them: “chronos” and “kairos.” Advent is “kairos time.”
We would be wise to make lists for ourselves of what to do for the holidays. But it is important to keep God off our lists.