On December 8 the weatherman said that we had surpassed the average snowfall for the month of December. Currently, there is a lull and the sidewalks are clear at home and church.
Still not sure if this is a geographical phenomena or if this is nation-wide - Advent midweek services are not well-attended. Maybe it is that the themes of Advent stand in such stark contrast to what our eyes and ears are accustomed to, not only at Christmas, but throughout the year. Yes, it is a busy time of year. However, entertainment rules and governs much of our free time. Put this in contrast with what the Lord says in discussing being prepared for His second coming, "Pray always." It is not a matter of exchanging prayer for entertainment as some might have it (and maybe even with some temporary external success). Rather, last night at church Vespers was held entirely in Spanish. And the young violinists, who do not know Spanish, patiently sat through the service!
The latest issue of First Things has an instructive article on Nietzche (for those of us who do not quite know him) and a review of a translation of the final volume of Dante's Divine Comedy, among other things.
Currently reading: The Feast of Faith by Joseph Ratzinger