St. Paul’s called to the Romans (and calls us) to Rejoice always!  This is key to living a Christian life today.  Joy has always been the sign of a life lived in Christ.  It used to be the “secret password” to identify Christians in the Early Church from non-believers.  More than ever we (Directors of Religious Education Programs, Catechists and Parents) need to radiate joy in our lives and pass it on to others.  Our students need to see our authentic joy for Christ so that they will desire to live for Him.

May this third week of Advent be a reminder that the joy of the Lord is our Strength (Nehemiah 8:10) and through living joy Christ will be made known to those we teach and those we encounter everyday.  My prayer for this week is (in the word’s of St. Paul):

“May the God of peace make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it.”