Today is the shortest day of the year. The fourth week of Advent will be the shortest week of the church year. Starts on Sunday the 23rd and ends the evening of the 24th. That’s the liturgical calendar version of a tweet.

Longest day: As much as I look forward to Gaudete Sunday every Advent, this year I couldn’t feel it. St. Paul may admonish us to “Rejoice,” it wasn’t happening. I pray that the people of Newtown will one day be able to experience joy again.

Catholic conference:  Wouldn’t it be great if that yet-to-be-named conference that Marquette, DePaul, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova are forming would have the word “Catholic” in it? I know, there might be a team or two in it that isn’t Catholic, but let the majority rule. Think of it as a form of the new evangelization.

Magi McDonald’s? Someone at corporate headquarters must think by having their restaurants open on Christmas Day, they can convince the public that the Magi really brought burgers, fries and shakes instead of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Christ in Christmas commitment: Given that the corporate world continues to do all it can to destroy Christmas as it is meant to be, may you and I make a commitment that we will keep Christ in Christmas throughout the entire Christmas season which, no matter what the retailers tell you, doesn’t end until Jan. 13.

May ou and your loved ones enjoy a blessed Christmas season.