Palm Sunday will be here in just a few short days and I am not ready for it. I’m not ready for Holy Week as a priest, as a parent, or as an individual person trying to follow Christ. And yet, it’s coming.
What a powerful moment, this divine encounter.
“Yes, I understand you are hikers, but have you ever backpacked in the desert?”
Today is the day that many Christians remember and honor the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, or the event in scripture when Mary and Joseph brought the infant Jesus to the Temple.
Candlemas is the celebration and blessing of candles associated with the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. The Feast of the Presentation marks the moment Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple as an offering to God, their first born son.
Modern parenting has no shortage of overthinking things, and in particular, no shortage of overthinking holiday celebrations.
Imagination stands as one of the most powerful gifts that God has given human beings.
As we enter into the Christmas season I am struck, once again, at how messy life, family celebrations, and gift giving can be. T
In 2015, as my family raced through the fall, my then first grader and three-year-old were already talking about Christmas. Barely past his 7th birthday in October, my son had moved onto Christmas. One day he asked, “Why can’t we just skip to Christmas? Advent is so boring!”
The 8 foot tree stands in the living room of our tiny, messy apartment and we step carefully around it to get into the bedrooms.