Living Advent

I know. I have not posted another Advent Retreat with St. Alphonsus Liguori for a few days. No it is not JUST because I tend to waste time. I am having trouble with the book. It is probably because it is a book of excerpts instead of the real deal.

Confession time. I have a visceral aversion to excerpts when the primary source is not available. It goes way back, as I am a primary source kinda gal. But my disdain and mistrust of such excerpts was fortified by an experience deacon and I had in a moral theology class.

We were given a handout with a page (or two) of quotes from Chesterton’s Orthodoxy. The choice of quotes completely contradicted Chesterton. But it did serve to bolster the teachers progressive agenda.

I know because as soon as we got home, I proof checked my copy of Orthodoxy. When I approached the teacher he did not respond. I never returned to his class. Any credibility that he had with me was destroyed. Unfortunately my poor husband had to continue attending his class.

But I am not going to give up on the retreat with the Saint, as I think that I have been given the task from God. Maybe. You see the book, Preparation for Death had been stashed away in my book case for about a decade. Untouched.  Untouched until I woke up one morning thinking about the book and picturing it clearly in my mind.

God tends to reach my like that; probably because I don’t always listen to Him.

So I will persevere and get back to you.

Until then reflect on this post, Living an Advent Culture. Enjoy!

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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