Dear brothers and sisters,

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. We are finally back in ordinary time, back to the green vestments. It’s kind of sad for me. But, thankfully, we will still have our Christmas decorations until February 2nd. By the way, I want to say how deeply grateful I am to all who have helped making the Church so beautiful for Christmas!

Ordinary time reminds me it is, unfortunately, not always Christmas, or Easter, or Lent, or Advent. There are special times and non-special times, that is, just regular times. A similar thing happens in our lives. We have Christmas times, such as the birth of a child; Easter time, such as a wedding; Lent, like a death in the family and so on. But there are also just regular times. Times when we wake up, go to work, come back home, have dinner, share with our loved ones, go to bed and do it all over again the next day.

These regular times are the biggest part of our lives, but also the biggest part of our sanctification. It is in our daily lives that we truly become saints. It is in being united to God in the day to day that we show our love for him. It is in sacrificing, giving the gift of ourselves to those around us, that we show true love for our neighbor. It is not in the thing that we do three or four times per year, but in the thing that we do day in and day out that we show our love for God and our brothers and sisters.

This coming Monday classes restart on the Auraria Campus. I ask you to please keep praying for our students as we continue our outreach to them. We depend on your prayers!

May we be always on our Lady of Gudalupe’s lap, embraced by her loving arms.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Richard, MC

Ordinary Time, a Time for Sanctification