2. The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, underscores the prevalence of violence in society. All need to address this culture of violence in contemporary society.
3. The O Antiphons begin today. The Roman Church has been singing the "O" Antiphons since at least theeighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Their repeated use of the imperative "Come!" embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah.
4. Want to increase your chances for marital success and long-term happiness? Try religion! Research shows the benefits that come from shared religious practices, even though the couple may be of different religions. The rate of satisfaction in marriage is higher for husbands and wives when both regularly maintain religious attendance and feel that God is the center of their marriage. (The State of Our Unions 2011)
5. God loves you.