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December 18, 2015

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.


December 17, 2015

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. …”


How to Talk to Your Kids About Star Wars

Parents, take advantage of a cultural phenomenon to discuss some big topics with your kids, like bravery and sacrifice and temptation.


December 16, 2015

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.


December 15, 2015

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.


December 14, 2015

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.


December 13, 2015

“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.


December 12, 2015

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…”


December 11, 2015

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.


Baby Steps in Combat Boots

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.


December 10, 2015

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


December 9, 2015

“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!


December 8, 2015

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.


December 7, 2015

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!).


December 6, 2015

“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.


December 5, 2015

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.


Adoption Story, Part 2: God In the Details

Mary Jo shares what it was like to welcome their three-and-a-half year old son Peter into their family through international adoption.


December 4, 2015

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.


December 3, 2015

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?


Family: The Welcoming Door

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.


December 2, 2015

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.


Happy Liturgical New Year!

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.


The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After

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.


December 1, 2015

When you receive Christmas cards in the mail, pray that evening for the people who sent the card. Display the cards visibly in your home to remember those family members and friends throughout Advent.


Apostolic Visit to Africa

During his first trip to Africa, Pope Francis said that families should have their basic needs provided for. He also encouraged young people to say yes to the commitment of marriage and family life.


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