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Volunteering at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul is a way for Steve Hawkins to fulfill both his baptismal call and his service in the Knights of Malta, a 900-year-old lay religious order that is active in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.
“There was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7) when Jesus was born on the first Christmas.
Mary and Joseph went off to a stable or cave, off by themselves, off alone. No space was reserved for Jesus when he came. There was no hospitality, no welcome. There was severe overcrowding in and around Bethlehem, and the local residents and visitors alike were unwilling or unable to receive Jesus when he was born.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus Christ institutes a new order of worship. No longer will we worship by simply offering animals in place of man for man’s sins, nor will we pay the temple tax to make everything right for the sake of observing the law. We are now to join Jesus Christ in offering the one sacrifice that he offers: the Eucharist.
Documents from the priest files of 24 men given to the court by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis earlier this year were released today by Jeff Anderson and Associates. This release is in the interest of public disclosure and transparency.