Fr Doyle in First Things

Fr Doyle was referenced in this article that appeared in First Things late last week:

What’s significant here is that it is not an article about Fr Doyle himself, but about conversion and God’s Providence in all of this. The writer, Dan Hitchens, who is the Deputy Editor of the Catholic Herald, used multiple examples from the lives of the saints to make his point. He refers to St Augustine, St Vincent Pallotti, Mother Angelica and Fr Doyle in making his wider point about conversions.

It is a great sign that awareness of, and devotion to, Fr Doyle are growing again when his life and example are referred to in mainstream Catholic articles in order to illustrate wider points about spirituality and about the Church.

Thoughts for the First Sunday of Advent from Fr Willie Doyle

The saints had ever a childlike confidence and trust in God. Upon Him they cast all their anxieties and cares, under His powerful protection they sheltered themselves, and with His almighty help they were ever strong. They lived in the present day alone, striving to bear with cheerful hearts the burden of the moment; the morrow’s work would bring its stream of graces to help them on their journey.

COMMENT: Today we start the Church’s new year, and we start on our journey of preparation for Christmas. The importance of Advent is often forgotten in the West. Often it is seen as period of merriment and shopping and of Christmas parties. And when Christmas finally arrives, the consumer culture quickly turns off the lights and turns its attention towards the secular new year and the January sales…

Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for Christmas, and we should attempt to live it with the same enthusiasm with which we attempt to live Lent.

As St Josemaria Escriva wrote:

Advent is here. What a marvellous time in which to renew your desire, your nostalgia, your real longing for Christ to come — for him to come every day to your soul in the Eucharist. The Church encourages us: Ecce veniet! — He is about to arrive!

Let us then have the childlike confidence and trust in God to which Fr Doyle exhorts us today. We can count on many graces to help us over the coming weeks as we prepare to encounter the baby Jesus, born in poverty in a broken world, all for love of us.