After a long pause, John told me about a terrible fire-fight he’d experienced in the war. He didn’t describe any of the details. There was no talk of blood or bombs or bullets or shredded bodies. What he did say, is the Lord had saved him. And he didn’t know why.
In our gospel today on this First Sunday of Advent (Matt 24:37-44), Jesus uses the flood in the time of Noah to provide us with a lesson on the end times and his second coming. Our Lord tells us: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”
After such a long, dangerous and grueling trip, Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, a name which means “house of bread.” It is fitting that the Christ-Child born there is the bread of life who gives himself—his flesh and blood—as food for eternal life.
The Catholic life is a unity of reason, truth, faith, and morals. It’s a beautiful, challenging, transcendent life. It’s a life of which people are in desperate need of today.
Today we celebrate the Memorial of the Guardian Angels. Here are a few interesting facts about angelic beings.