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"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:20

 

Next radio appearance: Monday, 12/4, 7:30 AM

Laura DeMaria

Hello! I am joining the Morning Air Show this Monday 12/4 at 7:30 to talk all things lay vocations. Meaning: the philosophy of the Mystical Body of Christ, finding our place in it, and what it means to use God-given gifts. Also, why daily life can be holy. Tune in, homies!

You can listen by streaming the show live here.

Let me also go ahead and say HOW EXCITED I am for Advent. This has become my favorite time not just of the liturgical calendar, but of the year, in general (minus summer as a whole). There is something magical about Advent, and that's that. So I am having friends over tomorrow night to do a little celebratory first-evening-of-Advent party. We'll enjoy the usual holiday fare (particularly excited about some happenin' salami I just bought), oogle and ah over the tree, and read some Advent prayers. I think it's so important to honor this time, before Christmas, rather than rush through to Dec. 25 with no deference given to Advent as its own season with its own lessons on waiting and drawing closer to Christ. I think Mary, too, is a great Advent figure, as we have the opportunity to prayerfully join her in her last few weeks of pregnancy, traveling with Joseph. Advent is a season full of moving imagery and I am not exaggerating when I say truly beautiful, large nativity scenes, like those often found inside a church, with the real moss on the roof and the real hay in the manger, give me chills. Or the silhouette of the Wise Men traveling across the desert, guided by the star - what could feel more exciting in our hearts? The quiet, the waiting, the beauty that bursts forth like nothing the world has ever seen. Embrace this holiday season and enjoy it - it is a gift from God!