Your blogger here, back in full bloom after a wonderful Christmas mini-break. The Midnight Mass at de Sales was absolutely magnificent. The Director of Sacred Music, Nick Botkins, ought to get a Papal honor for the incredible job he does with the schola and multiple choirs. The orchestra was amazing, too. There is nothing better than Mozart, of course, but all of the music in the Christmas program was exceptional.

No matter what the music, however, the highlight is always the Mass itself. I haven’t been to any church where it is celebrated in such glory as at an Institute apostolate. And that isn’t a knock on anyone else, just my observation and opinion.

My family and I had a nice series of get-togethers with family and good friends to mark the occasion, too.

Christ is born in Bethlehem of Juda! He Who sits enthroned upon the cherubim became a little Child. Destined to suffer, die and rise to save us from sin, He comes to us in His mercy. Let us not reject this coming, so that His final coming may be a source of vindication, and not condemnation.

Christmas Octave continues. Christmas season goes on until the Feast of the Purification of Mary on February 2. Let us keep the celebration of the season during this time, and not follow secular society that has already put it in the dumpster, along with the tree.

Merry Christmas, everybody!