A New Liturgical Year
This month the season of Advent and a new liturgical year have begun. While God is timeless, we live in time. At every moment, the story of human history is being written. The season of Advent is very much about the intermingling of the eternal and the temporal. God is both the author and goal of human history.
In December, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the patronal feast day of the United States (December 8); the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas (December 12); and the birth of our Savior (December 25). The Sunday after Christmas is the Feast of the Holy Family. These feasts all have special significance for us as Knights. They challenge us to cherish the family, the indissoluble bond of marriage between a man and a woman, and the life of the unborn. They remind us that God has known us from all eternity—that we are known by him even before we are born. Recall the words God spoke to Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” (1:5) Modern science tells us now that the child in the womb can even respond to music and to the voices of his or her parents. The unborn child yawns and sucks its thumb. Unborn twins respond to one another in the womb. Continue to promote the pro-life cause in all its elements, defending the dignity of all human beings, born and unborn. At the same time remember to “Keep Christ in Christmas” and to pray for the return of lapsed Catholics.
May God bless you and your families during these special holidays and always.
-- Msgr. Michael Gorman, Chaplain