Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope that you were able to encounter our Lord during the Advent and Christmas seasons. I have had a fruitful, but difficult November and December.
We seem to always have a lot of events going on when we get to the end of the semester. In November, we did street evangelization in the local neighborhood. It turned out surprisingly fruitful for most of us. We also had a visit to a parish that was nearby. We were able to have Mass with them and then had lunch which followed Mass. Later in the month, we had our Thanksgiving break. Per usual, the Bismarck seminarians visited Rhode Island for the break. We had a nice Thanksgiving meal at the rectory and were able to walk around by the seawall. It is always a nice break for us.
In December, for the first Sunday of Advent, we had a family Christmas Mass and caroling at the seminary. Many of the seminarians’ families were able to visit and spend some time with us. I was also very busy with papers as the semester came to a close.
This academic semester, I was very blessed with having some great professors and classes. It was like a semester of walking with our Lord, who is the Truth (John 14:6), on the road to Emmaus when the disciples exclaimed, “were not our hearts burning within us?” (Luke 24:32). I was deeply drawn to the truths that I was being taught during the class lectures and further reflection. I recognized that Jesus is Lord of all truth, that He made the world to be understood by us, but not necessary to then use it for something else, but oftentimes to simply delight and contemplate God’s creation.
We can encounter our Lord who is living and a person in our search for the truth, and we can ultimately praise God and draw closer to Him for the marvelous wonders and works that He has done for us.
Know of my prayers for this parish! God Bless.