Christmas can be many things for many people. But above all it is the day the Father spoke His greatest Word, His Beloved, His Son, and broke the silence forever.
The last Sunday gospel of Advent is about an annunciation to Joseph. He had opened his life and home to God and His Law. Joseph has lived in true relationship with the living God and allowed His words to touch and mold his life making him “a righteous man.”
In typical Jesus fashion, He never gives a direct answer to John’s disciples who ask Him, “John sends us to you with this question. Are you the One who is to come or are do we need to expect another?”
God’s word confronts any listener, including prophets. The word not only promises a time when the lamb lays down with the wolf or the lion eats hay like the ox with a child to lead them. God also confronts occupied filled with everything and everyone but Him.
The word advent means coming. In ancient days, a messenger would announce to a town the advent of a king or great person. This gave people a chance to prepare themselves and their city to receive the king.
In his seventy-two years of life, St. Raphael was a teacher, engineer, prisoner of war, royal tutor, and a Discalced Carmelite friar and priest.
Sainthood is not for the few. It is a universal call from God to all His people, without exception. It is the call to being with Him stirring in a person’s heart and soul.
Blessed Alphonso was one of 108 Polish martyrs that gave powerful witness to their allegiance to Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith during the dark days of Nazi aggression and evil. But throughout his life, Alphonso witnessed to Christ.
Edith was born on Yom Kippur, October 12, 1891 in Breslau, Poland. She was the youngest of 11 children in a Jewish family. Her father ran a very successful timber industry.
Albert was one of the first saints in the Carmelite Order. He was known for his love of poverty, deep prayer life and excellent preaching that touched the hearts of many.