Sunday, November 27, 2016

Unprepared for Holidays

Many people say they aren't ready for Christmas, let alone Advent which is here today! Time seems to get away from us. We are all caught up in our own lives with so many concerns and obligations. Naturally when major holidays are upon us, we tend to feel like we just want time to stop so we can catch up and be "ready" for the days to come.

It can be hard to get excited when we feel we aren't ready for holidays, but one of the important messages of the Advent season is hope. The Lord will come and will not delay. Our whole attitude of waiting with expectation tells us that even though we aren't ready, we all still have that longing for Christ at Christmas. In fact, I think that feeling "ready" at all is simply a disposition to be open to whatever God has in store for us in the moment.

It is easy to say that we should be prepared for the holidays and ready when they arrive. It seems a hard task for most of us. Frustration and stress surround us in our daily lives, despite the joy and peace of the holidays. When that happens, we must remember that each day is a gift. There is the old adage "time stayeth not." So if we let these holidays continue to pass us by because we are not ready for them, we will be missing out on the special moments we are given. 

I love lighting each of the four Advent candles in the weeks before Christmas because it reminds us to be patient. We forget that we really have been waiting since March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation when Christ's Birth was first announced. Let us have the spirit of Our Lady this Advent and say as she said, "Be it done unto me according to Thy word."

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Apple Mill Bakery

Apple Mill Bakery LLC is a brand-new family owned business! Their slogan: "Homemade. Made from Scratch. Everyday. Just the way it should be" says it all. At the heart of their baking is bringing you quality foods for affordable prices by using only the freshest ingredients. Say goodbye to processed food, and say hello to pastries like your mom bakes!

I ordered their rugelach cookies which arrived safely and quickly. The cookies melt in your mouth! They are soft and flaky with a delicious cinnamon taste that makes you want to eat the whole tin in one sitting. To top it off, the cookies come in beautiful tins with a classic style. There are six kinds of cookies/bars that all look very tasty.

I highly recommend this new business and encourage all the readers out there to try their goodies for upcoming holiday celebrations. Not to mention, their desserts are perfect for year-round occasions! Their products include cookies, pies, breads, cheesecakes, and more. Local and online prices!

There is nothing like supporting a business where the owner loves what they do. Small businesses show us time and again how a true passion and dream can be turned into a reality through the support of others. So, follow on Instagram or Facebook, and check out their website:!

And have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Month of the Poor Souls

November is the month we especially remember the Church Suffering, or the Poor Souls in Purgatory. The Church gives us special devotions for each month of the year as well as days of the week to strengthen our Faith and focus on important truths. (Note: there is some variation as what is assigned for each).

January: Holy Name of Jesus
February: Holy Family                                 Days of the Week:
March: St. Joseph                                       Sunday: Holy Trinity/Resurrection
April: Blessed Sacrament                            Monday: Holy Ghost/Poor Souls
May: Blessed Virgin Mary                            Tuesday: Holy Angels/Apostles
June: Sacred Heart of Jesus                       Wednesday: St. Joseph
July: Precious Blood of Jesus                     Thursday: Holy Eucharist
August: Immaculate Heart of Mary              Friday: Passion/Sacred Heart
September: Seven Sorrows                        Saturday: Our Lady/Immaculate Heart
October: Holy Rosary
November: Poor Souls
December: Immaculate Conception

This month we are encouraged to offer extra prayers for our deceased relatives, friends, and all the faithful departed that they may soon enter into eternal rest. This practice helps us grow in charity and generosity by doing good works for those who are in most need of our prayers. When those souls are granted their reward, no doubt they will remember us in prayer before the throne of God. Let us remember the Poor Souls year-round, but especially in this month of November particularly dedicated to them. 

Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

America's Game

There's nothing like the game of baseball. It's the one sport that really hits home and resonates with every American. Everyone lives for moments like a grand slam at the bottom of the ninth with two outs and two strikes. The World Series is most exciting when you reach game seven. I'm not a Cubs fan, but they sure deserved their victory this Series. 

There's something about the stadium experience that reminds you of being a kid. The hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn, and cracker jacks, wearing your teams shirts and hats, singing at the seventh inning stretch, and cheering for the home runs are some of the greatest moments. Every moment, every smell, every cheer is all part of that thing called baseball.

One of my favorite memories is being at a Yankee game (my favorite team) and sharing their shutout game. Or the time we had free tickets in box seats and could actually see the players. Loyalty to a team gives you hope. It makes you believe against odds and in a sense follow something bigger than yourself.

Baseball is America's game. It's part of our past and part of our legacy, and will continue on as long as there are people who love the game.