Dec 2022

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In the blink of an eye, we find ourselves in the last month of the calendar year. We also find ourselves in the preparation period before the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord. This preparation period is important for us as we reflect on the year passed and more importantly, if we are striving to grow in the image in which we were created.

It is my sincere hope that we take advantage of this time to properly evaluate our past year’s experiences, both positive and not so positive. In addition, while making this evaluation and in light of the celebration of the Nativity, it would be beneficial to have the secular aspect on the back burner while moving the salvific relevance of the Nativity to the fore.

St Athanasios the Great teaches, “The Lord did not come to make a display. He came to heal and to teach suffering me.” All around us we see the “sighting” of the season. In stores we are inundated with the decorations and music of the season. Our streets are festooned the season’s lights and images. Invitations to various holiday festivities are extended. If we were to honestly examine the Nativity of our Lord, we see His coming into the world was simple and without fanfare. In this simplicity we are afforded the opportunity to focus on His healing and teaching each of us.

For this reason, the Church has prescribed this preparation period of prayer and fasting. It is a time we choose to either accept or ignore. I would suggest in order to fulfill our purpose we can only do so through our choosing to participate in this preparation period.

In His Service,

+Fr. Mario