|Fr Kwang Lee saying a Votive Mass for the Blessed Virgin Mary in Advent, commonly called a Rorate Caeli Mass, after the first words of the introit for the Mass: Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant justum."|
Our recent Rorate Mass at St. Paul's in Cambridge was said by Fr. Kwang Lee, a priest of this Archdiocese who has been a friend of Juventutem Boston for years. We are truly grateful to him for offering the Mass, and also for delivering a beautiful homily, which is reproduced in full below:
1. My Lord, during this Advent season, we are reminded that, just as you once came in fulfillment of all prophecies, you will come again.
2. And, so, we come to you this morning to share a few quiet moments with you—to “reorient” ourselves—, and to “make straight your way” (your path) into our own hearts.
3. During this so-called “holiday season,” which is, for so many of us, a time of anxiety and stress, we would like to make this brief “retreat” (this brief time away) from the world (from all the noise of the shopping mall) to recollect ourselves and to discover once again joy (“gaudium”)—not “giddiness,” but that deep, quiet, inner joy which the world cannot give (is not equipped to give).
4. The world’s joy is a poor and transitory thing. It is entirely dependent upon things that we cannot control (or, upon things over which we have only minimal control): the weather, our health, our finances, other people.