It constantly amazes me how much there is to learn about the Catholic Faith. After 30 years in full-time ministry, a master’s degree, and years of Bible study I feel like I am just scratching the surface. This hit home for me at the funeral for the 19-year-old son of a friend of mine. The Gospel reading for the Mass was the story of Mary and Martha mourning the loss of their brother Lazarus.
Department stores have their linen sales going on. If you have been waiting for a great deal on a new comforter, now is the time. Home supply stores are pushing materials for indoor fix-it projects. If your kitchen floor looks like mine, maybe it’s time to price floor tile or new cork options.
The Christmas dinner dishes are piled up in the sink; the wrapping paper is an amoeba-shaped blob in the corner, and the family members are, either playing with their new gifts, trying on their new clothes, or taking a nap. I suppose this means Christmas is over and it is just 3 p.m. Christmas day!
In all my years of praying the Rosary, I’ve never really thought of it as a Christmas prayer — until now. But the more I’ve learned about Christmas, and the more I’ve prayed the Rosary, the connection seems so obvious I wonder why I didn’t get it before (like a “Wow — I could’ve had a V-8!” moment).
At a recent talk given by Bishop Olson to more than 200 young adults of the Diocese of Fort Worth, he was expounding on the virtue of Prudence. He explained that part of this virtue is listening. A lot of what he said I recognized in myself. He said that the modern world doesn’t really like to listen. In conversations we are often just waiting until the other person stops talking, so we can chime in with our own insights, not really listening to what the person we are talking with is actually saying.