Awaiting our Only Hope: the 4th Sunday of Advent

After an initial lament, the Psalmist, in Psalm 80, recalls what God has done in days past: You brought a vine out of Egypt; to plant it you drove out the nations; before it you cleared the ground; it took root and spread through the land. In the words of Ps147:20, He has not done thus for any other nation. This great thing the Lord has done for His people, a sort of recreation, paralleling that first creation of Genesis, is recalled, for it shows the utterly gratuitous gift of God. Continue reading “Awaiting our Only Hope: the 4th Sunday of Advent”

A Catholic Kind of Advent & Christmas

While it may seem simple (or totally predictable, given my background), one of my favoriteIMG_0874 pastimes, especially during the summer is to walk through shallow – and not-so-shallow – streams.  Whether it’s in a field or in the mountains is irrelevant (although I think I’d prefer a stream running through a mountain meadow); there’s something peaceful and intriguing about such an experience. That being said, on multiple occasions I’ve unintentionally found myself up to my neck in water or carried downstream by a powerful current.  To stand in anything more than a trickle requires calculated treading and sure footing. Continue reading “A Catholic Kind of Advent & Christmas”