This week marks the beginning of Advent, the four weeks of the Christian calendar that precede Christmas Day. Advent, which is derivative of the Latin word for “coming,” not only points to the coming of the holiday, it serves as a metonym, or symbol, of our contemporary longing for God’s Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.
Our voice, in how we express our souls through our words and actions, is our most personal gift to the world.
Last summer my wife and I experienced the loss of a beloved family member. The unexpected passing not only disrupted our scheduled agenda, but it also disrupted our naive sense that things would always be the way they were.
In honor of Black History Month, and as a way to feed my own soul, I have been reading a collection of the writings and speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. 
I was born in Philadelphia, but Montebello is my spiritual home.