Gaudete Sunday: What’s in a Name?

3rd Sunday of Advent (A)

The third Sunday of Advent is a bit different. We light the pink candle on the Advent wreath. The sacred ministers at Mass wear rose colored vestments; a lightening of the penitential color of purple as we near the end of the season. We even have a special name for this Sunday: Gaudete, which is Latin for “rejoice!” But why do we call it that? Where does the name come from? We answer that question in this week’s video…

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God’s Herald of Good News

2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

This Sunday we are introduced to St. John the Baptist, the voice crying out in the wilderness to “repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” and to “prepare the way of the Lord.” People respond to his call by coming to him for baptism in the Jordan, acknowledging their sins.

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Advent: A Time to Wait

First Sunday of Advent (A)

College students often talk about post-college life as the “real world.” This isn’t because life in college is not real, but we know it is temporary. We should be spending out time in college, therefore, in ways that help to prepare us to enter that “real world” that lies beyond.

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The Kingship of Christ

The Solemnity of Christ the King (C)

What is it about the idea of a good, benevolent king that we find so attractive? Why are stories about King Arthur or King Aragorn so popular, even in America where we have rejected monarchical rule? As we end the liturgical year, the last Sunday of Ordinary Time is celebrated as the Solemnity of Christ the King. Jesus, our Universal High King, shows us in his person the true model of fatherly kingship.

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