The Parish “Temp”!
December 10, 2017
Well, Christians throughout the world have entered into the wonderful Season of Advent. Sometimes, celebrations come upon us so quickly, that when they arrive, we look back at the preceding days with a bit of regret because we didn’t invest time in preparing for that celebration. Belatedly, we realize that the celebration was diminished because we allowed ourselves to become distracted with the many things going on in our lives.
Here it is and already we are celebrating the “ Second” Week of Advent. What have we done with the First Week? How have we prepped ourselves to be enriched for the coming graces of the Christmas Season? If you feel that you don’t have much to show for this past week, don’t beat yourself up, but at the same time don’t shrug your spiritual shoulders and become indifferent about what you can still do. I encourage you to look for 5-10-15 minutes of “Me Time” with Our Lord. This is time that will not be given to you; you and I must make the time, which will probably involve sacrificing something else in order to make room for it in our daily life. Consider making a daily or occasional visit to the parish chapel during the week, even if it is only for a few minutes. Resolve to seek out Our Lord…Your Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If it has been a while and you don’t know where to begin, no problem. That is why the confessor is there; to help walk you through it. If there is something that you dread or have avoided confessing; trust in the compassion of Our Lord. It was for you that He came into the world. The confessor is not there to perform a spiritual autopsy on you. Rather, he is there to lead you to Our Savior for the healing that each of us needs. Try to do something as a family, commit to spending a few minutes around your Advent Wreath or pray even one decade of the Rosary. Surely, each of us can handle one Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s and a Glory Be to the Father. Whatever you do; whenever you do it; with whomever you do it spend time with your Messiah!
Your brother in Christ,
Fr. Walter J. Benn