Fr. 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.