Burying the Dead During Advent: Asking “How” & Not “Why”

"When I closed the eyes of my dear little children and buried them, I felt sorrow through and through... People said to me, 'It would be better to never have had them.' I couldn't stand such language. My children were not lost forever; life is short and full of miseries, and we shall find our … Continue reading Burying the Dead During Advent: Asking “How” & Not “Why”

Advent Preparation, Anticipation, & Funerals

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist- Savannah, GA "O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death."- O, AntiphonsAdvent a season of preparation- preparation for the gift of a child. While we prepare in joyful  anticipation for the Christ … Continue reading Advent Preparation, Anticipation, & Funerals

St. Andrew Christmas Novena or Christmas Anticipation Novena

A medieval tradition, the St. Andrew Christmas Novena or Christmas Anticipation Novena beings on the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle and continues all four weeks of Advent ending on Christmas Day. This novena helps prepare us for the Birth of Our Lord. Tradition states that women used to pray this novena for a good … Continue reading St. Andrew Christmas Novena or Christmas Anticipation Novena

Be Satisfied With Me

Feeling distracted and overwhelmed this Advent Season? Loosing sight of the reason for the season? Christmas blues? -A Poem Attributed to St. Anthony of Padua- Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone, To have a deep soul relationship with another, To be loved thoroughly and exclusively. But to a Christian, God says, “No, not … Continue reading Be Satisfied With Me

St. Andrew Christmas Novena

Happy Feast Day of St. Andrew! The St. Andrew Christmas Novena or the Christmas Anticipation Novena begins TODAY, November 30th and goes until Christmas Eve, December 24th. The novena prayer is prayed 15 x's per day. This novena is a medieval novena with a legacy. Stories and legends surround this novena. Tradition states that woman … Continue reading St. Andrew Christmas Novena