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“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb.” (Lk 1:41) Infants and young children can teach us so much about joy, trust, and the important things in life. Pray today to have the heart of a child, and give thanks for the children in your life.
One week left to sing Advent hymns! Browse online or in a hymnal and learn a new song as a family. “Savior of the Nations Come” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” have simple tunes.
Advent check-in #3: Are you spending more time praying or shopping for gifts this Advent? There’s nothing wrong with buying gifts, but there’s also still time left to make Advent prayerful and Christ-centered.
Walk or drive around your neighborhood to look at Christmas lights tonight. Afterwards over hot chocolate, read Isaiah 9:1-6 out loud: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. …”
Parents, take advantage of a cultural phenomenon to discuss some big topics with your kids, like bravery and sacrifice and temptation.
Advent is a time of waiting, and waiting is hard! Sometimes we wait for something that may never come (restored health, financial security, a child, reconciliation). As Advent shows, what we are really waiting for is Christ, who never disappoints.
Acting out the Christmas story as a family (or group of families) is a great way to experience the beauty and power of Jesus’ Incarnation. If acting isn’t your strong suit, reading the Gospel narrative out loud makes it come alive in a fresh way, too.
If you are doing a cookie exchange this year, go as a family to share cookies and visit with shut-ins and people having a hard time this month.
“Have no anxiety at all, but…make your requests known to God.” (Phil 4:6) Do you pray together as a family about the things that cause you anxiety? Praying out loud lets you hear what is in the hearts of your spouse and children.
On Our Lady of Guadalupe’s feast day today, enjoy Mexican hot chocolate with your family and say a rosary together. Even better, say some of the prayers in Spanish. “Dios te salve, Maria…”
Advent check-in #2: Take a look at your schedule the next few weeks. Is your family “booked” or split up most evenings, or do you have time to be together? There’s still time to make Advent prayerful and peaceful.
In their last post, Tim Bishop reflects on the need to always grow in the spiritual life, drawing inspiration from saints and childhood memories to rediscover the beauty of the Faith.
Have you set up your Christmas tree yet? The USCCB website has a beautiful blessing for the Christmas tree that is well-suited for family prayer. www.usccb.org/advent
“Prayer increases the strength and spiritual unity of the family, helping the family to partake of God’s own ‘strength’.” – St. John Paul II, Letter to Families. A great encouragement to pray together as a family today!
A simple prayer for the Domestic Church today: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!” Meditate on an image of the Miraculous Medal today with your family.
Generosity is a virtue, but too often couples overspend around the holidays and rack up credit card debt. Simple gifts are great, as is time spent together (always free!).
“Although they go forth weeping…They shall come back rejoicing.” (Ps 126:6) Every marriage faces times of sorrow and weeping. Trust in the Lord’s care for you as you await the promised time of rejoicing.
Holiday traditions tip #2: Enjoy coming up with (and tweaking) your family’s unique holiday traditions, and don’t be afraid to try something completely new this year. Over time it will become clear which traditions are keepers and which become amusing family stories.
Mary Jo shares what it was like to welcome their three-and-a-half year old son Peter into their family through international adoption.
Holiday traditions tip #1: For newlyweds, blending each other’s Advent and Christmas traditions is fun but also challenging. Take time to learn what your spouse’s childhood traditions are, and why they matter to him or her.
St. Francis Xavier travelled the world teaching the Gospel. Some families are called to this, but all families are called to be missionaries to their own members and all whom they encounter. How can you share the Gospel today?
As we approach the Jubilee of Mercy (begins Dec. 8, 2015), Pope Francis encouraged all people – and especially families – to open wide their doors to others, welcoming them in a spirit of hospitality.
Shorter days in the winter can make people feel sluggish or even depressed, with negative effects on family life. Try to spend some time outdoors on sunny days and keep your home well-lit and cheerful.
In their final blog post, newlyweds Megan and Juan reflect on the joy of sharing their first Advent and Christmas together as a married couple.
Well-known author Jane Austen’s novels provide a wealth of advice for single young women on how to find a marriageable man and, more importantly, how to be a virtuous woman ready for marriage.