Have Yourself a Light and Blissful Christmas

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, found himself cringing in the final days of Advent 2014 as he drove by the local mall. “It is absolutely appalling that I still have Christmas shopping to do,” he thought. Fr. Steven’s heart turned to memories of childhood Christmases and memories of his dear, departed mother, who managed to pull it all off. “How is all that possible for a mere mortal?” he asked. What Fr. Steven’s mother did well was not to frenetically aim for perfection in the material details of Christmas, but like Mary, who said “yes” to the Lord in today’s Gospel reading, choose instead to fulfill her vocation. We all can say yes to our true vocation, and open our hearts to the ones we are supposed to love. “Accepting our vocation is always the key to our happiness,” says Fr. Steven, and “it always helps puts us in the right frame of mind.” Fr. Steven’s mother often hummed “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” during Advent. You too, can have a light and blissful Christmas, and every other day of the year, if “you do all things for the love of Christ and share the love that you receive in return from Him with all those you encounter.” Click on the video above or this link to listen to Fr. Steven’s full homily of December 21, 2014.

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About Karin Livingston

Mrs. Livingston taught at Saint Joseph Catholic School with a State of Colorado teaching license for 15 years before moving into the parish-school technology coordinator position in 2006. Mrs. Livingston was instrumental in piloting the technology aspects of the school literacy program, including introduction of the Accelerated Reader reading practice program, and the Student Teacher Assessment of Reading (STAR) program. Mrs. Livingston has been a parishioner at Saint Joseph Catholic Church since 1993. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Science from the University of California at Davis. Mrs. Livingston blogs and is the author of the young-adult equestrian novel, Winning Bet.
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2 Responses to Have Yourself a Light and Blissful Christmas

  1. Pat VonFeldt says:

    Hi all…such a treat to hear Fr. Steven’s homily about the preparations for Christmas, even if it is more than a month later. I remember so well the clear tones of his voice and his simple down-to-earth messages from his time at Spirit of Christ. I thank you for sharing his words to us all…Prayers for him and all at his beloved Parish, St. Joseph’s. With affection, Pat VonFeldt

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