Sunday, December 11, 2011

Rose And Joy: They Just Kind Of Go Together

Today is Gaudete Sunday! It's always been one of my favorite Sundays. I think it's a Pink thing.

I recall most of my life liking the 'Pink candle' Sunday (Or as our priest reminded us at Mass this morning, it's ROSE, not PINK). It means that Christmas is near, but there still is just enough time to try and enjoy Advent.

For me, the word 'Rose' alone gives me Joy. It has held so much meaning over the last couple of years, so when I hear it I cannot help but smile. That the Rose Sunday comes amid my most favorite time of year, just happens to be an added bonus.

Oh sure, it's stressful these days and at this time of year. Too many, many things that take our time, our effort, our sense of peace and our joy. Somewhere though in the midst of that, is the quiet place. The waiting place. The place I find and grasp just for a quick moment, because in the busyness it can be so fleeting.

It's there though, softly whispering. Beckoning us just to BE in the joy. BE in the season.

Today I am embracing the joy and peace of Gaudete Sunday. Time with my family, wrapping gifts, a family walk and stolen moments of pink.

I know all around me there are many suffering, there are many family and friends that have reasons to be without joy today. This evening we'll turn on our outside Christmas lights for the first time this year and hope to spread our JOY to those around us.

I hope that you are finding plenty of pink and lots of joy to celebrate today.


  1. I have to admit, as a child this candle took forever to light!! LOL

    Beautiful thoughts. Today, I'm enjoying writing out Christmas cards. Doing my sibs and David's sibs seem to take an entire afternoon.

    But then again, I had joy in calling a couple I had talked to I awhile. When I came to their name, I put the pen down and picked up the phone instead:)

  2. I love the busyness of the whole season, it's what makes it what it is. (hey and this year, if it makes my time go faster, it's even better!)

    Beautiful post.

    Fr David Grundman (who is not a priest anymore) had beautiful pink vestments that were given to him when he became a priest(he's also the priest who blessed our womb)

    That is the only time I've seen the pink (rose) vestments worn, was by him. Oh, I think on EWTN, they wear them too.


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