Intermingling of the eternal and the temporal

braeucheimadvent-1_big1Dear Brother Knights,

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. We look back to what God has done for us and we look forward to the fulfillment of God’s plan for our salvation in heaven.

This year the Advent season marks another beginning. English-speaking Catholics throughout the world have begun using a new translation of the texts of the Mass. This will take some getting used to, but it should help us all to appreciate more the prayers of the Mass. Perhaps we will notice new meanings in these prayers that were obscured by recitations that may have become habitual or routine. Some scriptural references in the prayers will become more apparent from a more literal translation. The liturgy–and especially the Mass– is at the heart of our life in the Church. May the use of this new translation spark a renewal in our appreciation of the Mass!

In December we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (December 8) and the birth of our Savior (December 25). Because Christmas and the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God fall on Sunday this year, the Feast of the Holy Family will be observed on Friday, December 30. These feasts all have special significance for us as Knights. They challenge us to cherish the family 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. 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. Continue to promote the prolife cause in all its elements, defending the dignity of all human beings, born and unborn.

May God bless you and your families during these special holidays and always.

-- Fr. Michael Gorman, Chaplain