Principal Weekly Letter

Message from the Principal - November 29, 2017

This coming Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent.  The first Sunday of Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year.

To the outside observer, and even all too often to us, it might seem like we are simply walking in circles.  But we are not, or at least we shouldn’t be.  Every trip through the liturgical year should be a bit like walking on a path around and up a mountain:  Each revolution should find us a bit closer to our goal than we were the year before.  And that goal, of course, is life itself--the fullness of life in the presence of God in Heaven.  Yet every year the Church brings us back to the basics, because we cannot make progress in our spiritual lives unless we are ready to leave the things of this world behind.

In the Scripture Reading for the first Sunday in Advent, found in the Office of the Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours, the Prophet Isaiah reminds us that simply following the rules can lead to vain sacrifices:  Our actions need to be motivated by love of God and of our fellow man.  Unless we “Cease doing evil, and learn to do good,” we will find ourselves next Advent back at the base of the mountain, another year older but none the wiser nor holier.

During Advent, we should spend some time, even just five minutes each day, with the following Scripture readings.  Drawn from the Old Testament book of the Prophet Isaiah, they stress the need for repentance and spiritual conversion, and the extension of salvation from Israel to all nations.  As we listen to Isaiah call Israel to conversion, we should think about those things that we know we need to cease doing, and resolve to remove them from our lives this Advent, to prepare our souls for the coming of Christ.  God bless you.


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