Feeling like you blew Advent this year? Christmas is coming closer – fast – and you’re feeling like your Advent striving has fizzled. Don’t despair! True, we’re coming down the home stretch of Advent, but there’s much you can do to make the most of it even if you’ve hardly done anything spiritually fulfilling these past weeks. Marge describes the beautiful ancient verses known as the “O Antiphons” and explains how they can help you make the absolute most of this home stretch to Christmas.
Some folks mistakenly think that this feast refers to our Lord – that he was immaculately conceived, without stain of sin. Well, that’s true, but that’s what the Annunciation is all about, not the Immaculate Conception. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was conceived without original sin.
Here is a poem by Ogden Nash that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. It’s a light-hearted, modern approach to a deeply loving, cherished old saint. I hope your stocking is filled with all kinds of good things this morning. More importantly, may St. Nicholas shower you with spiritual gifts and blessings throughout the day. Blessed Feast of St. Nicholas!