Happy Advent & Happy Anniversary

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Teresa Tomeo on Dec 10, 2012
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                 Happy Advent, 2012.  I do hope that you are making the most of this beautiful liturgical season of preparation, reflection, and anticipation.   It can be very challenging for believers to treat these few weeks before Christmas as a time of slowing down and preparing the way of the Lord when the world is on over-drive and has for the most part lost sight of the real reason for the season.

               I have been as guilty of buying into the craziness as the next person.  However I did have several wake-up calls in recent years that prompted some positive changes.  A few years ago I was speaking locally in Michigan, leading an Advent retreat.  I can remember driving to the event thinking of my  very long “to do” list and wondering in the midst of even more speaking engagements to come that season, how I was going to get everything done that needed to be done and more importantly how I was going to fit my own faith and family needs into my schedule.  And believe it or not I was about to speak on the topic of slowing down during Advent.  Talk about not practicing what you preach!  Driving home that night I realized that despite how much I love speaking, I was not doing anyone any good if I didn’t take time to let the Lord speak to me.  So from that point on I made the decision not to schedule more than one talk during the Advent/Christmas season and I now always try to do my best to see that the engagement is held very early in the season.

 

               While I did a much better job in managing my speaking activities, there was still work to do (no pun intended) in terms of making a stronger commitment to my own prayer time and spending some prayer time with my husband.  Well, two years ago my husband was putting up the Christmas lights outside. It was Thanksgiving weekend.  I was inside doing this, that, and the other thing.  All of sudden my husband walk in holding his right arm to his chest; “Honey, I think we need to go to the emergency room.”  Indeed we did.  He fell onto the cement driveway and shattered his wrist.   Thank God the accident wasn’t more serious. But it was serious enough to result in the canceling of many a party invitation, as well as parties we had planned in our home.  In many ways it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we ended up having one of the most beautiful Advent seasons ever, and the scar on my husband’s right wrist still serves as a reminder to us to keep our priorities in order, especially during holy seasons such as Advent.

               That is not to say, however, that this time of year is void of all celebration.  We celebrate by doing our best to prepare for the coming of Christ.  One of the ways to celebrate is to thank God for the many faith-based resources He provides for us, including Catholic radio.  This week we celebrate ten years of Catholic Connection on the Catholic radio airwaves.  The program produced by Ave Maria Radio and syndicated on some 200 stations nationwide through EWTN would not be possible without your support and prayers.  And that is why I used the pronoun “we”.  Because this is not “my” show but our show - and most importantly, the Lord’s.  I am grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate with you the ability to broadcast the truth of Church teaching every day on the airwaves.  I will be joined by a number of our supporters and volunteers this Wednesday as we mark ten years and also begin a three day pledge drive to help keep Catholic radio going.  I hope you can tune in Wednesday morning starting at 8am ET for our special broadcast.  Again for more information go to www.avemariaradio.net.  Thanks and Happy Advent again.