It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, November 29, 2007

St. Andrew - November 30th, 2007

St. Andrew—Nov. 30 .

The feast of Saint Andrew invites us to ponder his response to Christ’s call: "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. At once they left their nets…" (Mt. 4:19-20). With his brother Peter, Andrew immediately left his fishing nets to catch souls for the Kingdom.
Are we hesitating to respond to Christ this Advent because we are waiting for just the right moment, those perfect circumstances that will allow us to be just as quick as Andrew? Sadly, we may discover that while we were waiting for that illusive moment, we failed to be attentive to the here and now invitations of everyday life, missing opportunities to respond with the generosity of a true follower of Christ.

According to the Gospel of John, Andrew was first a disciple of John the Baptist, and then he was the first disciple called by Jesus (Jn 1:40). He and his brother Peter were fishermen and both were called by Jesus. It was Andrew who spoke up about the boy who had the barley loaves and fishes before the multiplication of the loaves (Jn 6:8-9).
When the Gentiles went to see Jesus, they came to Philip first, but Philip then turned to Andrew who brought them to Jesus (Jn 12:20-22). Although Andrew was not one of the inner circle of disciples (Peter, James and John), it was Andrew's great joy to bring others to Jesus. Little else is said about Andrew in the Gospels.
Legend has it that Andrew preached the Good News in what is now modern Greece and Turkey
It is very fitting to have St. Andrew as a shinning light right before Advent begins. We were set a good example by Andrew. May our dear Lord show us the way to lead others to Him .
'On Ya' - ma

Sunday, November 25, 2007

ADVENT










The first Sunday of Advent will be December 2nd this year.




Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.…

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Seek That Which Is Above,1986


It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope. Celebrate the four weeks of advent and create memories that will last a lifetime. Christmas can be a time of chaos if we aren't careful. Dedicate time daily during these 4 weeks to spend time together and focusing on the birth of Jesus.

Start your advent celebration the 4th Sunday before Christmas. This year, Christmas 2007, advent begins on Sunday, December 2nd.

Buy or make a simple ADVENT WREATH with 3 purple candles, and 1 pink candle .

1st CANDLE- (purple)
"CANDLE OF HOPE"
We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises he made to us. Our hope comes from God.
(Romans 15:12-13)
2nd CANDLE- (purple)
"CANDLE OF PREPARATION"
Preparation means to 'get ready'.
"Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD!"
(Luke 3:4-6)
3rd CANDLE- (pink)
"CANDLE OF JOY
"The angels sang a message of JOY!
(Luke 2:7-15)
4th CANDLE- (purple)
"CANDLE OF LOVE"
God sent his only Son to earth to save us, because he loves us!
(John 3:16-17)
Beginning next week and for the 3 following I will be posting something inspiring here for the 4 weeks of Advent. It is a special time of year that prepares us for the Great Celebration -- The birth of Our Lord.
'On Ya' - ma