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The Spiritual Joy of John the Baptist

Photography © by Andy Coan

On the Third Sunday of Advent, penitential purple gives way to pink and we celebrate “Gaudete” or “Rejoice!” Sunday. “Rejoice heartily in the Lord, says Isaiah” (61:10). “My Spirit finds joy in God my Savior,” says the Virgin Mary (Luke 1: 47). “Rejoice in the Lord always,” says St. Paul (I Thes. 5:16). “Make straight the way of the Lord”, […]

John the Baptist Teaches us about Hope

Photography © by Andy Coan

On the third Sunday of Advent, the penitential purple of the season changes to rose and we celebrate “Gaudete” or “Rejoice!” Sunday.  “Shout for joy, daughter of Sion” says Zephaniah.  “Draw water joyfully from the font of salvation,” says Isaiah.  “Rejoice in the Lord always,” says St. Paul.  “Do penance for the judge is coming,” says John the Baptist. Wait […]

Rejoice! The Lord is Near

  Gaudete Sunday has always been my favorite Sunday.  Growing up, I loved lighting the rose candle in our Advent wreath, and it was usually the weekend we would decorate the house for Christmas.  There’s also the bonus of it being the Sunday closest to my birthday.  Every year, it was easy for me to obey the Church’s command: “Rejoice!” […]

The Spiritual Joy of John the Baptist

Photography © by Andy Coan

On the third Sunday of Advent, penitential purple gives way to pink and we celebrate “Gaudete” or “Rejoice!” Sunday. “Rejoice heartily in the Lord, says Isaiah” (61:10). “My Spirit finds joy in God my Savior,” says the Virgin Mary (Luke 1: 47). “Rejoice in the Lord always,” says St. Paul (I Thes. 5:16). “Make straight the way of the Lord”, […]

Look Up – The Third Look of Advent

Our Journey  We start week 3 of our Advent journey with “Gaudete Sunday.”  Gaudete is Latin for “rejoice,” and in the Latin text of the Mass for the third Sunday of Advent, it’s the very first word.   It says, “Rejoice in the Lord.” For these Advent weeks, we’ve been focusing on four different ways of looking at our lives. To […]