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Always means always— even during a global pandemic or even during life’s most challenging moments. But how do we find our way to live in continual joy? The goal of this Advent mission is to answer that question: How do we live with Advent joy—even now?
Presented by Fr. Paul Dressler, OFM Cap.
With a sincere apology, Fr. Paul regrettably had to cancel plans to personally come to Saint Brigid for the Mission. Due to COVID-19, Washington DC. has just imposed tightening travel restrictions for residents leaving the district, imposing 14 days of burdensome quarantine upon return. The mission will be presented in video format.
First, a short introduction:
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Part 1 Monday, November 30th at 10:00 AM
In St. Paul’s Letter to the Church in Philippi, he famously exhorts Christians to “rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again rejoice!” Wow….could St. Paul be really serious? We might be tempted in this year of 2020 to think we get a pass from that Scriptural mandate: “Listen, St. Paul, we will start rejoicing again after this CoVid pandemic.” No, brothers and sisters, today is precisely–indeed, especially the day for rejoicing. But how? This first talk of three explores how choosing to “surrender” to God is the key to a joyful heart. These talks were recorded at Capuchin College in Washington, DC. I want particularly to thank my dear brother in Christ and Francis, Br. David Domanski, OFM Cap for all of his technical assistance. I also pray that all who hear these talks will be encouraged to open their hearts ever wider to HIM who is the source of all JOY, the Blessed Reason for every Season–Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
Can somebody please say, “Amen?”
Part II Tuesday, December 1st at 10:00 AM
This second talk of three explores how JOY is a fruit of being grounded in the unconditional love of Jesus. He expresses that amazing love on the very night before He dies for each of us: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Live in my love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” (John 15: 9)
Part III Wednesday, December 2nd at 10:00 AM
This final talk of three explores a keyword in Advent and an essential word for our spiritual lives–WAKE UP! Indeed, Jesus says often, “be awake, be watchful, be vigilant, be ready for I am coming soon and very soon. This talk explores some of the ways we can stay trapped in our own self-imposed nightmares of Denial, Division, Discouragement and Delay. These talks were originally to be given in person at St. Brigid’s Parish in Johns Creek, Georgia; however, for the sake of CoVid caution, they were recorded at Capuchin College in Washington, DC. I want particularly to thank my dear brother in Christ and Francis, Br. David Domanski, OFM Cap for all of his technical assistance. I also pray that all who hear these talks will be encouraged to open their hearts ever wider to HIM who is the source of all JOY, the Blessed Reason for every Season–Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. Can somebody please say, “Amen?”
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Can somebody please say, “Amen?”
A message from our Pastor, Fr. Neil Herlihy:
I would like to take the opportunity to thank those who made this Advent Mission possible. I want to thank the Mission Coordinator, Donna Ortiz and all those who assisted her behind the scenes. I want to thank Deacon Leo Gahafer for promoting the Mission. I especially want to thank Fr. Paul Dressler for his insightful presentations these last 3 days. He has truly helped us to prepare for the coming of the Christ Child. Lastly, I want to thank you for your active participation and support of our Advent Mission. May God continue to guide you as you continue on your Advent Journey of faith.
About Fr. Paul Dressler, OFM Capuchin
Fr. Paul Dressler, OFM Cap was born and raised in the Washington DC area. Fr. Paul is currently the Director of Seminary Formation for the Capuchin-Franciscans at Capuchin College (Washington, D.C.); he also serves as chaplain at Archbishop Carroll High School;
on many Sundays, he can be found celebrating Mass at St. Augustine’s Parish, where he has assisted for over seven years.
Fr. Paul has been a retreat master and speaker at many different gatherings; the major influences on his preaching and spirituality include St. Augustine, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Therese (The Little Flower), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Padre Pio, to name but a
few. His favorite Bible passage is as follows:
” As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.” (John 15: 9-12)
To learn more about Fr. Paul, visit https://friarpaul.podbean.com/p/about-paul/.