Browsing the December 2018 archive of Padre's Blog

Shhhh! A New Resolution

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 12/30/18

  Elizabeth I of England said it:  “Video et Tasceo” (I see and I keep keep my mouth shut.) Some people have a genetic disorder sometimes described as “can’t keep mouth shut.”  This situation usually happens before the brain can calculate the damage.  We just can’t hear enough of ... Read More »

A St. Nicholas Note

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 12/03/18

A St. Nicholas’ Note . . . Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac (adapted)

   "It is fitting that the feast of St. Nicholas comes at the beginning of Advent and the beginning of the shopper’s season. As the patron saint of shoppers he proclaims, ‘Keep it simple!’ Keep ... Read More »

Time Out -- It's Advent

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 12/03/18

As the calendar year ends, family schedules and personal agendas fill with meetings, programs, parties, and annual obligations. The carol "Silent Night" could not have been written at the end of the twentieth century, when its title evokes the peace and stillness modern women and men can only imagine.

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Tertullian's Treatise on Patience

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 12/03/18

If he ever came to speak at your church, you would probably never forget him. He was passionate, articulate, totally committed. He boldly taunted the might of the Roman Empire, courageously defended oppressed believers, and harshly reprimanded compromising Christians. In later life, he lost favor with much of the ... Read More »