Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December; the best month of the year

Perhaps...It certainly falls in the middle of the best six months of the year as far as I'm concerned. By far, October through March is so much nicer than April through September. And on this December 1st in the deep south we are anticipating tempertures below freezing tonight. And with this type of cold weather comes wonderfully low humidity and air you can actually breathe without fear of drowning.

December is a great month for obvious reasons but let's look at a few other reasons. We get to celebrate 23 days of Advent, a season that gets no play in the secular world. The wonderful graced filled season of Advent allows those who celebrate it a time for a break; a break to savor anticipation and reflection on how waiting for Christmas, and the birth of Christ, gives focus on waiting for Christ's 2nd coming and the daily coming to each us personally. Advent gives us an opportunity to pray with those rich Scriptures from Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah and Malachi. And the wonderful Gospel stories of John the Baptist, Mary and Joseph. December gives us the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Gaudalupe. December is a liturgical feast.

This December we will witness the ordination of 10 new Permanent Deacons for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. This is a wonderful blessing for each of them and the diaconate community in general. December 11th is the big date. What an awesome reminder that just two days later, December 13th will be the 2nd anniversary of my ordination as a Deacon!

December also means some home time for the prodigal daughter, family get togethers and some much needed time off from work at month's end. And we celebrate my wife's birthday in December too. And we are very hopeful we will see a December surge for the New Orleans Saints!

So bring on the cold weather, the Advent preparation and Christmas celebrations; this is the best month of the year!

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