Advent was not what I wanted it to be! I encouraged all of you to make space and then didn’t accomplish it myself. However, I’m perfectly at peace with such imperfection. When things haven’t gone as planned or life falls short of what God has asked, it is important not to double-down on the problem. The past does not determine our present. St. Francis de Sales offers a great insight into this matter.
“We must not fret over our own imperfections. Although reason requires that we be displeased and chagrined whenever we commit a fault, we must nevertheless refrain from bitter, gloomy, spiteful and angry displeasure. Many people are greatly at fault in this. When overcome by anger, they become angry at being angry, sad at being sad, and irritated at being irritated. By such means they keep their hearts entrenched and soaked in anger. It may seem that the second fit of anger does away with the first, but actually it serves to open the way for fresh anger on the first occasion that arises. …You must hate your faults, but you should do so calmly and peacefully, without fuss or anxiety. You must be patient when you see them and benefit from seeing your own lowliness. Unless you do this, your imperfections, of which you are acutely conscious, will disturb you even more and thus grow stronger, for nothing is more favorable to the growth of these weeds than our anxiety and over eagerness to get rid of them.” –Golden Counsels of Saint Francis de Sales
Now that we have a little spiritual encouragement, we can finish strong these last few days of Advent. If you’re not sure the last days will be any different than the past, stop for a few moments right now and give thanks to God for life and for the breath just taken. It wouldn’t be possible, if God didn’t have a plan. At times His plan is for us to realize how much we need Him when things don’t happen like we wish they would. Give thanks for His presence and avoid doubling-down on the problem. A Blessed Advent to all!
INDIVIDUAL CONFESSIONS SCHEDULE
Monday, Dec. 22rd – 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 23rd – 12:00 – 1:00 PM
(last time to attend before Christmas!)
Christmas Eve Masses ~ 4:30 PM & 10:00 PM
(9:30 Evening prayer)
Christmas Day Masses ~ 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM