Week 4: Go Back to the Basics – It Is All About Jesus!

Go Back to the Basics – It Is All About Jesus! by Father Arkadiusz (Arek) Ochalek, CH (CPT), USA Gabriel’s words to Mary “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you,” in a small way, mirrors our Advent journey as we pause and take time to celebrate the coming birth of Jesus. The last … Continue reading

Week 3: Gaudete Sunday

Gaudete Sunday by Father Joshua Janko, Ch, Capt, USAF Dear friends, my name is Fr. Joshua Janko. I am a Catholic Chaplain serving at the United States Air Force Academy. I hope and pray your Advent has been going well as we pause this weekend with the special theme of joy – gaudium. We are … Continue reading

Week 3: Shout for Joy!

Shout for Joy! by Father Robert Monagle, Ch, Lt Col, USAF Sunday’s First Reading from Zephaniah struck a chord for me as it tells us, “Shout for joy…Sing joyfully…Be glad and exult with all your heart.” This reading expresses excitement about following God. The prophet was not afraid to share his faith. Advent is a … Continue reading

Week 3: Rejoice! The Lord is Near!

Rejoice! The Lord Is Near! by Father Stephen Cotter, CH (CPT), USA The Third Sunday of Advent is known throughout the Church as Gaudete Sunday. The theme of Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday comes from our Second Reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! … Continue reading

Week 2: St. Therese and Advent

St. Therese and Advent by Father Paul Weberg, CH (LTC), USAR St. Therese told a story three months before her death. She was in a season of Advent; she was waiting to meet Jesus. St. Therese told a story of a father who had two sons. (Letter 258; July 18, 1897; to Fr. Belliere) At … Continue reading

Week 2: What Expectations Do You Have For Christmas?

What Expectations Do You Have For Christmas? by Father Benton Garrett, LCDR, CHC, USN The establishment of the timing of our Savior’s birth inferred by the list of governors, high priests, and rulers in this Sunday’s Gospel made me imagine how these characters might look in the standard chain of command picture board we see … Continue reading

Week 2: Military Readiness/Preparedness

Military Readiness/Preparedness “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” by Father Felix Kumai, CH (MAJ), USA The imagery of “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths” draws from the great strategic works of the conquerors of the East. They send a herald before them to call people of the … Continue reading

Week 1: What is the Advent Spirit

What is the Advent Spirit? by Father David Daigle, LCDR, CHC, USN The short liturgical season of Advent is one mixed with both liturgical anticipation of the joy of celebrating Christmas along with a real sense of sorrow and penance because of our recognition of our own personal sin along with the sin of Adam … Continue reading

Week 1: Transforming Anticipation

Transforming Anticipation by Father Patrick Riffle, LT, CHC, USN There are few places on earth that are filled with more anticipation than Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC where young men and women begin their journey from being civilians to become United States Marines. From the moment they step off the bus and find … Continue reading

Week 1: Christmas Spirit vs Advent Spirit

We’ve heard of Christmas Spirit, but what about Advent Spirit? by Ethan Kaste What happened to Advent? It’s sad that time and the secular world has taken a toll on this particular season to the point where if you asked the average American citizen what Advent is, they would probably respond with saying either, “what?” … Continue reading