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Why are the statues and crucifix covered?  In most Catholic churches throughout the world and over the course of the next few days you will see the main crucifix in the center of the sanctuary covered.  You will also see the statues around the church covered, with the exception of Saint Joseph, who has the distinct dispensation of not being covered during his month of March.  Some churches actually remove all of the statues.  The Stations of the Cross are not covered so as to highlight the Passion of the Lord on the way to the Holy Cross.

The covering begins in Passiontide from vespers (Evening Prayer at sundown) of the vigil of the Fifth Sunday of Lent.  The coverings in the purple color of Lent may be removed after Good Friday because Lent-proper has finished on Holy Thursday when the Triduum begins.

So why is it done?  A few reasons:  In the Middle Ages and Renaissance many of the crosses and statues were covered in precious stones and gold.  These were appropriate gifts to give glory to God.  Even Saint Francis of Assisi said “Only the best for God.”  But during the Passiontide of Jesus those glittering jewels and gold were covered so as not to be a distraction from the gravitas of the Passion. The veiling of the Savior also expresses the humiliation to which the Savior subjected Himself.  In His Passion the Savior’s divinity was almost totally eclipsed, so great was the agony and suffering of the Passion.  But also His humanity was eclipsed and covered because His face and body were so disfigured by the scourging and the wounds.  His humanity was veiled, covered and hidden by the torment of the cross.  The wounds hid and veiled both His humanity and His divinity.

But there is an even deeper meaning.

Remember that our faith is ancient and it carries with it very long traditions whose meanings sometime become obscured within history. Your family has many traditions handed down through generations, but the reason why you do those things may be lost to time.  During the gospel of the next few days you will see something definitively change about Jesus.  Jesus is now a “marked man” with a price on his head.  He may no longer move around freely for fear of being arrested.  Jesus is “going dark.”  And so Jesus “hid” Himself from those who were seeking to put Him to death.  Jesus is “hidden” or “covered” from the world until His Holy Passion and death.  He is hidden until His hour has come.  “They took up stones to cast at Him.  But Jesus hid himself…” (John 8)  Lastly, in covering the cross the glory of the Savior is now covered.  And if the glory of the Savior is covered, so too should the glory of His saints be covered.  The saints ought not to outshine the Savior…so they are covered as well.  If the light of the sun were to darken, so too would the every star in the heavens be darkened; for the light of the stars is dependent upon the light of the sun.

Let us enter now into these final days of the Holy Passion of Our Lord.  We are mindful of the words said at every station of the Stations of the Cross:  “We adore you O Christ and we praise you, because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.”

Come, let us accompany Him.

– Fr. Gerard Gordon

I’ll Never Do That Again!

I was on one of my visits to Shop-to-Stop to buy some necessary items.  It became clear that this was not going to end well.  It all started very nicely.  As happens, I first bumped into Sharon in front of the organic apples, she had a few questions about school, then I met Estelle in aisle 3.  She had a couple of questions that I tried to answer while we chatted in front of the canned corn.  They were pretty serious questions, so I can’t tell you about them.  Then I met Joe and we were able to settle a few concerns in the dairy aisle.  He said he called me for lunch and was still waiting—for two years.  I apologized and moved on.  A lady whose name I didn’t get wanted to show me how well she sang while in the frozen food aisle.  I encouraged her to join the choir.  Finally, I met Kathy in the meat section who taught me how to cook a roast.  I pretended not to understand and told her it would be a lot easier if I just bought the roast and she took it home to cook for me.  She didn’t go for it.

I always enjoy bumping into people in the store.  It reminds me of when Jesus would walk around town and meet his flock.  I don’t know how Jesus remembered all the names; I guess because He was God.  I’m embarrassed if I can’t remember every name, but the people are always very kind.  Everything was going just fine until I got to the check-out.

My good friend Steve called me to invite me to something or other and so I got distracted.  All the lines were long, but I found a nice short line and waited patiently.  That’s when I sensed hostility rolling in to surround me like a fog.  You know how you can just sense anger in the air? I put all my items on the conveyor belt and that’s when it happened—the check-out lady snapped! “Twelve items or less!” barked Mindy.  I froze.  “Twelve items or less—this line is only for twelve items or less,” she repeatedThe manager came over and told me I had too many items, as she pointed to the illuminated sign: “Twelve items or less!” the manager repeated.  “You have fifty items.”  Surely the cops were enroute.

What was I going to do?  Everyone behind me was furious. I said I would leave the line, but that would have been like making a U-turn in the Midtown Tunnel.  I was stuck.  The only thing I could do was beg for mercy, but no one in line was ready to forgive me.  I can’t say I blame them.  I felt like Jesus with the crowds yelling “Crucify Him, crucify Him.”  It was perfect Lenten penance.  Everyone in Shop-to-Stop was staring at me.  I wanted to crawl under the shopping cart.  So, what did I do?  I apologized and moved on, albeit quickly. I prayed no one on line was Catholic.

In all honesty I was caught unawares.  But I learned that, finding oneself in such a position, the only thing one can do is apologize sincerely, get up and continue on.  Let us not get stuck in the ruts of our mistakes but make a firm amendment to “make up for my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life.  Amen.” This is the heart of the Lenten message.

I will tell you that when I was leaving, Mindy asked how many bags I had.  In my desire to get out of there quickly I asked her what difference it made now.  She informed me each plastic bag would cost me 5¢.  I looked back at the people on line and thought it best not to argue.


– Fr. Gerard Gordon

Some Never Forget

I had just parked my car in front of the row of stores in a town far from here.  As I walked into the store I noticed two teenagers marking the sidewalk with graffiti.  It was harmless chalk, but still nevertheless graffiti…and illegal!  I paid little attention to it and went into the store.  When I came out of the store to place the few packages into the car the two teens came over to me.  I wondered what they could possibly want standing there, and why they weren’t in school in the middle of the day.  Perhaps they wanted to spray-paint my car.  One was the spokesman and asked: “Are you Father Gordon?”  I was caught off guard because I didn’t know who they could be, but they were smiling.  I told them I was Fr. Gordon.  The spokesman said “You gave us our First Communion.”  He asked if I remembered them; I lied and said “yes.”  We chatted for a few minutes.  I asked how they were doing, where they went to High School and if they had taken up graffiti vandalism for Lent.  When I left them after a few minutes they remained fixed at their places joyfully smiling, and then they stood and waved earnestly goodbye…but it occurred to me that after so many years—they never forget. Finally, I noticed in my rear-view mirror that they got onto their bikes and sped away.

When Saint Stephen was put to death by stoning in the 7th chapter of Acts of the Apostles, the story ends with a quizzical notation.  It tells us that they took off their cloaks, so as to be able to pick up the rocks, and they placed their cloaks at the foot of a man named Saul.  Saul minded their cloaks for them as they put Stephen to death.  Saul didn’t participate; he simply watched and concurred with what he witnessed.  Saul however, had no idea what was happening to him interiorly.  Two chapters later in the 9th chapter of Acts of the Apostles, Saul will fall from his horse and have the greatest conversion in biblical history.  Saul is on the way to becoming Paul, the greatest evangelist to ever live.  Most people say the conversion of Paul took place in the 9th chapter of Acts of the Apostles when he fell from the horse.  I believe the seed of faith began in the 7th chapter, so that when Saul falls off his horse, the seed that had already been planted by the courageous death of Saint Stephen will crack open and give birth to Paul.  That seed of faith had remained dormant for a long time but would give birth to the great Saint Paul.

Here’s what I find interesting:  Saul never actually met Stephen; he simply witnessed his courage from afar…but he never forgot!  I don’t think Saul actually knew the seed of faith had been planted in him—it was imperceptible.  But that tiny seed of faith grew until it cracked open when Saul fell from his horse.  Paul was now born.

The word graffiti was one of the first words I learned in Greek class: Γκράφιτι   

From it we get the word “graphite.”  It means to write or scribble nonsense.  It is the word used in the gospel of the woman dragged before the Pharisees.  Jesus bends down to scribble in the dirt the very sins of the accusing Pharisees now standing before Him.  Suddenly their sins were revealed for all to see. They dropped their stones and went away one by one.  Lent is all about leaving behind our sins and moving on.  

Maybe seeing me after all those years those two young teens remembered that they were made for more than graffiti. The last thing I saw in the car mirror was that they had left their graffiti behind and joyfully moved on.  

– Fr. Gerard Gordon


On this second Sunday of Lent we are given the gospel of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Ancient tradition holds that the Transfiguration of Jesus occurred 40 days before Good Friday.  The central figures of the Transfiguration are Jesus’ “inner circle” of apostles:  Peter, James, and John.  It is these 3 only who are present for the raising of the daughter of Jairus.  Peter was the first Pope, James was the first apostle-martyr and John was simply the favorite.  Ironically it is these 3 who wanted to avoid the cross at all costs.  Peter tried to talk Jesus out of the cross, and is thus called “Satan” by Jesus.  The brothers James and John have the nickname “Boanerges” which means “sons of thunder.”  In the gospel of Luke, while on the way to Jerusalem James, John and Jesus pass through Samaria, where the people reject Jesus’s journey because Jesus is going to the cross.  James and John want to call down fire from heaven to destroy them, thus, “sons of thunder.”

St. Thomas Aquinas believed Jesus was transfigured before these three men in order to strengthen them for what was about to happen to Jesus.  St. Thomas writes: “For a person to travel a difficult road, he must have some knowledge of the end in order to persevere.”  And so the Transfiguration takes place before the crucifixion to remove the doubt and despair that might occur as a result of the cross.  Jesus drops His humanity for the briefest moment.  Peter, James and John see a brilliant flash of the Divinity of just who this Jesus is.  Jesus is Divinity veiled in humanity.  There is more here than just a mere human being.  They received a glimpse of Jesus’ true Divine Nature to sustain them for the coming “scandal” of the cross.

As a result, they remain silent.  They do not understand.  We are very much like them.  We only see the “human” Jesus and do not get a glimpse of the “Divine” Jesus.  Peter, James and John saw that—quicker than a flashbulb.  They were shown a glory beyond their imagining. But it must have been magnificent, because it was enough for them to persevere in the face of the “scandal” of the cross.

This second Sunday of Lent we are given this gospel of the Transfiguration so that we also might not lose heart in our trials.  Like Peter, James and John, we are given a glimpse of the target—the glorified Christ—that awaits those who remain faithful unto Him.

Keep going!

– Fr. Gerard Gordon

Lent I – The Temptation in the Desert

Ash Wednesday is one of my favorite days in the Church’s calendar year.  I still have ashes on my thumb.  No matter where I went on Ash Wednesday people stopped and asked me, “Father, do you have any ashes on you?”  At 7-11, at Stop and Shop, the bank, the gas station.  Everyone wanted their ashes.  One year I had a line in a Pizza Restaurant and then went to the cooks in the kitchen.   I guess people think the priest carries extra ashes around in his back pocket.  But it is a wonderful day when we all want to make changes and come closer to God.

We have just been marked with ashes to begin this Lenten journey.  When God created the first man, Adam, He created him out of the very same dust and ash.  God took ordinary dust and divinized it.  God made ordinary dust holy!  God breathed life into the dust and made Adam.  And without God, we would be nothing but dust and ash.  “Remember you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.” 

On this First Sunday of Lent we are given the story of Jesus’ flight into the desert where He is tempted by the Devil.  In the longer version by St. Matthew we are given 3 temptations from the cross.  The last thing Satan wants Jesus to do is to go to the cross.  Why?  Because Satan knows that the cross is his undoing.  It is the Holy Cross that will destroy Satan.  This is the method God will use to overthrow Satan.  For this reason, Satan tries to tempt Jesus away from the cross in any way possible.

In St. Matthew’s version of the temptation Jesus is tempted 3 times:  Hunger, Spectacle and Power.  Each of the 3 temptations is prefaced by a single word: “If.”  If you are the Son of God, command these stones become bread.”  “If you are the Son of God, jump from the top of the temple.”  “If you are the Son of God, bow down and worship me.”  Satan is not sure who this is that is before Him.  Finally, we are told that Satan departs, having failed to succeed in tempting Jesus from the cross.  However, the gospel ends with a chilling statement: “Satan departs–for a while….”  Satan will return one final time to tempt Jesus.  But when?

Years later we fast-forward to the cross where we find Jesus near death.  In the crowd spread out before Him in the fog of dust and dirt we hear a single voice cry out: If you are the Son of God, come down from that cross.”  With that single two-letter word “If,” in that instant, Jesus knew Satan was out there in that crowd.  One last futile effort by the prince of lies to get Jesus off the cross.

It is said that Jesus did not save the world through His sermons, through His words, or even through His miracles, but only through His Cross.  Christ was never more salvific, never more powerful, than when nailed to the cross.  It is the cross, and only the cross that saves us.  This is what Satan feared, and in which we hope.

– Fr. Gerard Gordon

Ash Wednesday begins Lent

“Remember you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

 Not very pleasant words.  A reminder that I shall die.  Perhaps even more sobering, a reminder that I shall be judged.  That’s not very comforting.  It has been said that the gospel is meant to “bring comfort to the afflicted, and to afflict those who are comfortable.”  The gospel is meant to trouble us.  Surely it comforts us, but during Lent it is supposed to challenge our egos and illusions about ourselves.  So often we will fail during our Lenten resolutions, but these “failures” remind us of an eternal truth—I need to be saved, by one stronger than myselfI can’t do it alone.  I need…a Savior.  And the Savior can only save the one who acknowledges that he needs to be saved.  Said the Lord:  “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  We will remind ourselves daily that we need to be saved through acts of Lenten penance:  fasting, prayers, Confession, forgiveness, sacrifice, conversion, and pardon.  Our small, daily penances and sacrifices will build up our resistance and resolve so that when the big temptations come along, we will be ready to combat them.  Penance is that constant reminder that this life is only a pilgrimage; we hunger for heaven.  Penance prompts us not to cling to the fleeting things of this world, but to seek things eternal.

The 6th century saint and archbishop Caesarius of Arles wrote of Lent: “With the hope of attaining eternal life, during these days of Lent, let us strive to repair in this little ship of our soul whatever through this past year has been broken or destroyed or damaged or ruined by the many storms; that is, by the waves of our sins.”  And so, we join ourselves to countless people united across the globe for the next 40 days to fix what is broken, repair what was ruined, so that God might find us worthy, and the ship of our soul afloat.

This week we begin the Lenten season by marking ourselves unmistakably with the ashes upon our forehead.  The external and very public acknowledgement that you and I are sinners in need of a Savior.  We enter now into these 40 days of Lent, after which comes the glory of Easter.  For 40 days and nights there was the great flood of Noah, followed by a beautiful new earth.  Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years, and then arrived at the beauty of the land of milk and honey.  Jesus spent 40 days and nights being tempted by the devil in the desert, and then was ministered to by the heavenly angels themselves. And it is Easter that awaits those who have passed through these 40 days of Lent.  For our salvation begins this day!  Never in history has Easter ever come before Lent.  In order to get to the magnificence that awaits us at Easter, first…Lent!

-Fr. Gerard Gordon

“An Icon of Mercy and Forgiveness”

I remember attending a class on Iconography.  Like the human person, no two Icons are exactly alike because each one is created uniquely by the creator.  They are not painted or made, but the correct verb is to “pray an Icon.”  The creation of the Icon is a very long prayer, frequently done in the midst of trying and difficult times.  Icons are not pictures, but in fact “portals.”  Oftentimes you will see an Icon with a candle burning above or near it.  This is to tell us that there is something more than just the image of the saint in front of you; the very saint is present.  As one prays in front of the Icon it is believed that on the other side of the portal of the Icon, the saint is looking at you.

With this image in mind, is it any wonder the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Cardinal Dolan would refer to New York Detective Steven McDonald as “an Icon of mercy and forgiveness?”   This past week I joined police from everywhere to gather at St. Agnes Cathedral to remember the first anniversary of Steven’s death.  The word Icon refers to an “immediate recognition of a universally understood meaning,” for example a stop sign, the Apple logo, the presidential seal.  But a real Icon goes even further in that it not only reminds us of the meaning, but it participates in and re-presents the meaning itself; just as the saint is believed to be really present behind the image of the Icon.  This is why Cardinal Dolan would refer to Detective Steven McDonald as “an Icon of mercy and forgiveness.”  Steven was more than just a symbol of mercy and forgiveness—he actually lived mercy and forgiveness.  When anyone met Steven McDonald they were encountering mercy and encountering forgiveness.  He wasn’t just a reminder, but he was mercy and forgiveness lived.   This is what the Icon does.

Steven McDonald was shot in Central Park by 15-year-old Shavod Jones and was paralyzed for the rest of his life.  A few months later at the baptism of his son Conor, Steven McDonald forgave Shavod Jones for having shot him.  “I forgive him and hope that he can find peace and purpose in his life.”  That is what makes Steven McDonald an Icon of mercy forgiveness.

I am reminded of a similar incident in the life of Saint John Paul II who was also shot and forgave his attacker.  In 1981 the Pope was shot and critically wounded by Mehmet Ali Agca in Saint Peter’s Square.  Two years later John Paul visited Agca in prison and spoke privately with him.  The iconic picture was seen around the world.  The Pope told the world: “What we talked about will have to remain a secret between him and me.  I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned.”

How can these men do such a thing?  Forgiveness is one of the hardest things for us to do.  Forgiveness is not natural—because it is supernatural.  And therein lays the answer:  to forgive is not a human quality, but a Divine quality. Forgiveness is the first word uttered from the Cross.  It is not easy for us to forgive because it is Godlike.  The ancient Jews believed it was Yahweh who forgives.  When we forgive we exercise this supernatural and Divine attribute.  The saints say that when we forgive, we are most like God Himself.

I am told that very often at night the van that transported Steven McDonald could be found at his local parish church.  I have even heard that he would go so often that the pastor gave him his own church key.  He would go there to pray his rosary.  That is what enabled this man who lived so many of his years upon the cross to become for us an “Icon of mercy and forgiveness.”  He often told those who came to hear his story the importance of his Roman Catholic faith, saying that “if people wanted forgiveness, they had to show it to others.”

Saint John Paul II often said: “There are no coincidences, only ‘God-incidences.’”  On the day of Steven McDonald’s funeral the gospel that was read by every priest throughout the world at every Catholic Mass offered in every church was the gospel of the paralyzed man.  (Mark 2) “They came bringing to Jesus a paralyzed man carried by four men.  They let down the mat on which the paralyzed man was lying….  He said to the man ‘I say rise and go home.’  They were all astounded.”  I am thinking now of those who had faithfully accompanied Steven these past 30 years.  One can ask the question:  Was it his brothers who carried the paralyzed man, or was it in fact the paralyzed man himself who all along had been carrying them to Christ?

– Fr. Gerard Gordon


This Sunday is the Epiphany.  We know that it was celebrated at least as far back as 380 AD in the Christmas sermons of Saint Gregory. The Epiphany brings the message of Jesus to the Gentiles (non-Jews). It means the revelation of something far greater than what we perceive with our feeble and limited senses.  Gaspar, Balthasar and Melchior arrive at the manger from the East:  astrologers, wise men, kings.  The Spanish call it “El Dia de Los Tres Reyes Magos.”  They have traveled at least 1,000 miles.  The seekers find a simple baby.  But they knew that this was no mere baby.  What makes the visitors from the East so interesting is what they bring to Jesus.  The first gift is gold.  No king would bring anything inferior, such as silver or bronze to another king.    The only acceptable precious metal gift for a king was gold.   “Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain, gold I bring to crown Him again, King forever, ceasing never over us all to reign.”  This gift shows us that this king is implicitly acknowledging Jesus as his king.  Jesus is “King of Kings.”  He bows to Jesus in humility.  The second gift is frankincense, which is a type of incense.  Incense is used by priests.  The word priest comes from the Latin for bridge: “pontifex.”  The Pope is the “Pontifex Maximus,” or “Highest Priest.”  The priest bridges things of heaven and things of the earth.  Jesus is here acknowledged as the priest.  But of course, the last of those gifts is the most interesting:  myrrh.  Myrrh is nothing less than….embalming fluid!   This was a terrible gift to offer Mary, but it foretold that Jesus was, from the very beginning, born to die.  “Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume breathes a life of gathering gloom. Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in the stone-cold tomb.” Even the original word in the gospel for the wood of the manger is the same word used for the wood of the cross.  The shadow of the cross at Golgotha began at Bethlehem.  Our astrologer kings show us that infant Jesus is king, priest and Savior.  He is more than He appears to be.

Father Cameron writes of T. S. Eliot’s explanation of the kings from the East: “The kings lived a life packed with privilege:  summer palaces, lounging on terraces, silken girls, sherbet served cool and sweet.  Yet for all its delights, this for them was not enough.  In fact, each pleasure indulged only increased the unignorable gnawing within…the craving for an Infinite Something to satisfy all longing.”
Pope Benedict XVI mirrors Eliot’s insight.  Pope Benedict writes that the kings were “men with a restless heart, driven by a restless quest for God….  They were looking for something greater…  They wanted to know how we succeed in being human.” 

It was, of course, the great Saint Augustine who figured it out long before any of us when he taught us that “our hearts are restless until they rest in God alone.”  Augustine, like the Kings from the East, traveled very far in pilgrimage to find God.  They were relentless until they found Him and then when they finally did find God in the manger they were forever changed.  No one who encounters God remains unchanged.

I have stood before their very bones, once owned by the Emperor Constantine, and now housed since 1164 in the golden reliquary behind the altar of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. They had traveled a very long distance and a very long time to find Jesus–just like you!  They are emblematic of our life’s great journey to find God.  The gospel ends by making an often-overlooked point.  Once they had found Jesus-God, they went home….but “by another route.”

Once we have found Jesus we are never the same again, and we return back to our lives and to our homes…“by another route.”   We are different; forever changed.

Perhaps the 20th century nun, martyr, and Jewish covert who died at Auschwitz said it best.  Saint Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) reminds us that the great Kings from the East “stand before the Incarnate Truth, bow down and worship, and place their crowns at God’s feet, because all the treasures of the world are but a little dust compared to Him.”

– Fr. Gerard Gordon

The Peace Light

One of the most transcendent places on earth I have ever visited is Bethlehem.  On the day I was in the ancient church, there was a group of Russian men chanting in that distinct and resonant Eastern tone.  I can still hear it and it still stirs the soul.  The church is built like a fortress.  The doors are only about 4 feet high to remind all those who enter that this is the place where God came to earth at the birth of Jesus. Just as God “lowered himself” in humility by becoming man, so must each one who comes before Him “lower himself” by bowing in humility passing through the low doorway.  Upon the spot where tradition tells us Jesus was born there is a star in the floor through which you may look.  Around the star are 15 silver burning oil lamps—6 belong to the Greeks, 5 to the Armenians and 4 to the Roman Catholics.  The lights have been burning on that spot since the basilica was constructed by the Emperor Justinian in 565 AD.  That means they have been burning for 1,450 years—without going out!     

Each year during Advent since 1986 a child has entered this spot in Bethlehem and has taken the light from the grotto where Jesus was born.  The smokeless paraffin oil light is then placed into a blast-proof miner’s lamp and taken to Tel Aviv Airport where it is placed aboard an Austrian Airlines jet.  The lamp is flown from Tel Aviv to Vienna, Austria.  The light is then distributed across the entire continent of Europe along with a message of Peace.  This light of Hope and Peace is carried to churches, hospitals, shelters, prisons and even private homes.  The Peace Light is available to all who seek it.  Austrian Airlines then flies the miner’s lamp containing the Peace Light on to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.  Since Kennedy Airport is situated within the diocese of Brooklyn, the Bishop of Brooklyn is there to meet the flight at Our Lady of the Skies Chapel, located within the airport.  From there the light will travel across the entire United States to light a great conflagration of Peace and Hope.  In 2001 the Peace Light was brought immediately to Ground Zero.

As you sit in any Catholic Church in the world, look at the candle burning right now in the sanctuary near the tabernacle.  The light silently reminds us Jesus is really present in that tabernacle and in every Catholic tabernacle in the world.  It is a “night light” to assure us in the dark that He is with us.  It is a “lighthouse” to beckon in His direction those who are lost in darkness.  The very same Jesus born in Bethlehem now resides in that tabernacle.  And to make Jesus feel very much at home in the tabernacle of my church this Christmas, is a sanctuary candle lighted from one of those Peace Lights which has burned for over 14 centuries and continues now to burn across the world to welcome Jesus, Prince of Peace and Light of the World.

I invite you to bring a portable candle to Christmas Mass and I will be happy to share that light with you.  You too may join incalculable numbers of people across the globe and take to your home that one same light that now burns in Bethlehem and countless places around the world, all of which came from one single light: Jesus Christ who is “God from God, Light from Light.”

– Fr. Gerard Gordon


For the last several weeks I have been without my computer.  It is not a new computer, but the computer I use is great and was given to me when a friend got a new one. The computer I am using now is called an Apple computer. It is an incredible machine and every time I turn in on I am mesmerized…until a few weeks ago, when it did not turn on!  There is a reason they call it a “crash.”  Your whole life stops and you realize just how dependent you are upon the silly thing.

I brought it to be fixed in a local shop where they left it on a shelf for two weeks, so I took it back and brought it to a place called “Geek Squad.”  I got it back in 2 days.  If you ever need something fixed go to Geek Squad.

Being without a computer for almost a month has caused much confusion and difficulty:  scheduling, correspondence and general order have been all disrupted.  I could not look up anything or write anything and all my information was lost.  So, I must begin it all again.  There is a lesson in there somewhere.

I thought I might share an item sent to me by Mrs. Crenny last week in the mail.  She got it from her priest friend and wanted to share it with me:


Mary’s Dream

I had a dream, Joseph.

I don’t understand it, but I think it was about a birthday celebration for our son.

They had decorated the house and bought new clothes.

They’d gone shopping many times and bought many elaborate gifts.

It was peculiar, though, because the presents weren’t for our son.

They wrapped them in beautiful paper and stacked them under a tree.

Yes, Joseph, a tree right inside their homes!  They’d decorated the tree with sparkling ornaments

There was a figure like an angel on the top of the tree.

Everyone was laughing and happy.  They gave the gifts to each other, Joseph, not to our son.

I don’t think they even knew him.  They never mentioned his name.

I had the strangest feeling that, if our Jesus had gone to this celebration he would have been intruding.

How sad for someone not to be wanted at his own birthday party!  I’m glad it was only a dream.  How terrible Joseph, if it had been real!

– Fr. Gerard Gordon