Howdy and Merry Christmas to all of you.
Let me speak for all of our priests and our staff in wishing each of you a Holy Christmas and a Blessed New Year. You are a gift to all of us! For most of us, Christmas is a time for family and friends. It is a time to celebrate the gift of life and our many blessings. It is a time of joy. Let us also remember that for some, it is a time of loneliness and loss. Let us include these in our prayers in this season of celebrating that we are all God's sons and daughters by adoption. I pray that this coming year is a time of growth in our unity in the family of God. That will mean getting to know God better and learning even more to love all of His family. Think of what our world, our community would be like with a little more love...well, maybe a lot more love! It can start with us here at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale.
Today we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent; Advent is almost over. Are you ready? No, I don’t mean are the gifts bought, the decorations up and the cookies baked. Are you ready to celebrate the birth of our Savior, and are you ready for Him to come again in glory?
Remember that our last confessions before Christmas are this coming Tuesday; we will not have confessions on Christmas Eve. Are you ready to celebrate the gift of life; the life of Jesus, your own life, and the life of all others? We will pray the rosary with Bishop Olmsted at the Glendale abortion mill Saturday morning at 11am. We pray it in both English and Spanish.READ MORE
Let me share with you from an Advent letter by St. Charles Borromeo:
"Beloved, now is the acceptable time spoken of by the Spirit, the day of salvation, peace and reconciliation: the great season of Advent. This is the time eagerly awaited by the patriarchs and prophets, the time that holy Simeon rejoiced at last to see. This is the season that the Church has always celebrated with special solemnity. We too should always observe it with faith and love, offering praise and thanksgiving to the Father for the mercy and love he has shown us in this mystery.READ MORE
In both the Old Testament and the New Testament God continually warns us against following false prophets; false prophets who act as if they are speaking God's word, but are actually giving their own opinions. There are false prophets among us today and we need to be careful lest they weaken our faith sowing seeds of fear and hatred.
These false prophets sit on thrones in "newsrooms" giving their opinions about what is going to happen as if they had some special inside knowledge. Remember, they are the ones who said that Hilary Clinton was definitely going to win the election. Now, many are sowing seeds of division and fear prophesying what President-elect Trump will do. Remember, all candidates speak "promises" that are often forgotten or changed when they get into office.READ MORE