Br Matthew Sawczyn, LC
“When silence lay all over, and night had run half her swift course, your all-powerful Word, O Lord, leaped down from heaven, from the royal throne” (Wis 18:14-15).
“All things came to be through Him… He was in the world, and the world came to be through Him, but the world did not know Him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept Him. But to those who did accept Him, he gave power to become sons of God” (Jn 1:3, 10-12).
Our universe stretches about 80 billion trillion miles in each direction. Nebulae, the leftovers of supernovas, light up the darkness with their beautiful clouds of pink or purple or blue. Comets soar at unbelievable speeds, and stars with crushing densities whirl as if they were weightless. Galaxies upon galaxies fill this unimaginably vast space. One of the stars in the Milky Way galaxy, one of its 100 billion, is average — only 27 million degrees Fahrenheit, with flares only 300,000 miles long. Read more
Br Jorge Mora, LC
“The shepherds hastened to Bethlehem, where they found Mary, Joseph and the baby lying in a manger” (Lk 2: 16).
Christ wants to invite us today to experience that same excitement that the shepherds did more than 2,000 years ago. They found someone, because they were looking for Him. In the same way, we are always looking for new experiences in this life. We will be always restless until we encounter Christ and with that, the communion of Love and Peace that he brings, even when it is in a simple and lonely place like Bethlehem.
The shepherds experienced that joy and happiness come from serving the others and making others happy. They did this by praising God and announcing to every person they met. That very same Christ has come and comes into your life, because He loves you.
Br Thomas White, LC
Christ’s earthly life is like a bookshelf. It contains “The 101 Best Stories,” his parables. Against this volume leans the golden book of his miracles. On either side of the shelf stands a bookend. These bookends represent two caves. There is the cave of Bethlehem and the cave of his tomb. Read more
Br Cristian Ivandic, LC
On the first day after Christmas day we celebrate the feast of Saint Stephen, the first Martyr. Why is this so? What has this to do with the silence, joy and peace of Christmas? Isn’t it exactly opposed to it?
The Church is very wise and she shows us that even though we have to long for heaven, we still are in this world. Christ’s coming truly changed everything. Our life has now taken on a completely different meaning. But this doesn’t imply that there won’t be any difficulties and challenges. A faith like this would be cheap. A religion like that would be rather like a pill, which I can take when I feel bad.
Br Daniel Harting, LC
“And the Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us”
Hodie. Pronounced OH-dee-ay, it is a Latin word with a simple meaning – today.
Today is Christmas. Everyone gets that special feeling on this day, because today is Christmas. Read more
Br Peter Fagan, LC
Spoiler alert! Do you remember the ending of the recent Marvel film Captain America?
Br Erik Burckel, LC
It’s baby season in my family. Babies have not been in style in my family for three or four years, and there hasn’t been a birth in more than fifteen. My little brother Joseph, age 5, is adopted, and provides the most recent memory of a Burckel baby. Allison, 15, hasn’t been classified as a baby for more than a dozen years. This drought ended months ago with the news that my sister and my sister-in-law were both expecting.
Br Jared Loehr, LC
Imagine how you would feel if the person who means most to you told you, “You are nice and all, but I like the idea of you more. As an idea you can come and go as I please. The idea of you can make me feel good by thinking about you and we will have no differences to discuss. Basically you will be on my terms.” Read more
Br Joseph A’Hearn, LC
I don’t know if anyone else has ever gone from visiting a nursing home to shopping at a mall a week before Christmas. The lesson I gleaned from the experience can be summed up in the quote from Ecclesiastes: “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity!”
Yesterday after lunch, another Legionary brother and I accompanied a group of boys from one of the Conquest clubs that I oversee to a nursing home. A crowd of about twenty ladies in their nineties or so awaited us in the living room. We introduced ourselves and sang a few Christmas carols accompanied by piano and violin (two of the boys are excellent musicians). Then we spent half an hour just speaking with the old ladies.
Br László Erffa, LC
Everyone knows what Christmas is about, even those who would not consider themselves Christians. Some even like the idea of it so much that they start celebrating it some weeks before it actually takes place. For us Christians, that is not an option: Before reaching the long-longed-for feast of the birth of our Savior, we must go through four weeks of preparation that are usually spent buying presents and practicing Christmas carols.
But what should Advent really remind us of? Mostly realities that are not too comfortable if we actually reflect on them: