With his latest music release, Aric captures the particular mixture of joy and emptiness that marks the darkest days before the coming of the Lord.
Posts in Advent
At the start of Advent Timothy Bishop, SJ asks the question that will be answered by Jesus’ coming: not just “Who Am I?” but “Who are You, God?”
When you think of sin, do you only think of yourself? Here’s an Advent examination of conscience to help you shine Christ’s light not only on yourself, but on the world around you as well.
When we feel overwhelmed or insignificant, we might ask, “Does God see me?” Through the Incarnation and the Nativity, God gives us an answer.
Kicked out of his usual classroom, Patrick Hyland, SJ remembered his summers mowing lawns. The memories offered an unexpected spiritual encouragement.
When I was growing up, my mom used to make a point about switching our normal weekend Mass attendance during Advent from Sunday mornings to Saturday evenings. She would say that there is something about attending Mass in the dark that helps us feel the season of Advent.
The liturgical calendar invites us to order our lives around a cycle of stories. The same words return to collide with us in new ways. Like returning to a childhood bedroom in adulthood, memories pile up and dialogue.
Preparing for Christmas, Timothy reflects that “this is Emmanuel. God WITH us. He is not merely physically located with us in the same space and time, but He is hungry with us.”
In the Gospels, Jesus is always seen going up the mountain to pray. Going on a hike with Jesus – whether in nature or in our prayer – can open ourselves up to God’s grandeur and renew our sense of mission.