Clean house, Decorate, Celebrate – A recipe for a holy Advent

Advent is like preparing to throw a party….you CLEAN HOUSE, DECORATE, then CELEBRATE

Clean house

  • WE clean house when we have company coming…we have DIVINE COMPANY coming…JESUS!
  • Dust off old ways of being with God that gave you life that now have dust on them!
  • Declutter…turn off the news…simplifly…invite silence
  • GO TO CONFESSION! The Holy Spirit will come in and clean up your cobwebs, your mildew, dirt, etc….GO TO CONFESSION ONCE A MONTH!

Decorate

  • Put up the spiritual Christmas lights of GOOD DEEDs….Christmas tree, presents, cards, acts of kindness, make cookies, etc etc etc
  • Holy DEEDs….get a holy hour, pray by your Christmas tree, read a book about Advent, etc

Celebrate – Once we clean house and decorate, we will celebrate our Blessed Lord in such a great way this Chrismtas

Daily homily thoughts, 11/27

Today’s second reading in Matins by St Augustine: “You are like a piece of pottery, shaped by instruction, fired by tribulation. When you are put into the oven therefore, keep your thoughts on the time when you will be taken out again; for God is faithful, and he will guard both your going in and your coming out.”

Folks – here we are at the Adoration Summit of the Batesville Deanery! When we go into an adoration chapel, we go into an oven, into a kiln…. he shapes us, he purifies us, he transforms us…he sets us on fire!

Daily homily thoughts, 11/24

Today is the Memorial of Saint Andrew Dŭng-Ląc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs … the youngest of these 100+ martyrs was 9

The Charge of the Light Brigade

BY ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON

I

Half a league, half a league,

Half a league onward,

All in the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!

Charge for the guns!” he said.

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

II

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”

Was there a man dismayed?

Not though the soldier knew

Someone had blundered.

Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do and die.

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

III

Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon in front of them

Volleyed and thundered;

Stormed at with shot and shell,

Boldly they rode and well,

Into the jaws of Death,

Into the mouth of hell

Rode the six hundred.