ADVENT a time for waiting ...
Well, have you ever wondered if things are going awry because the evil one is trying to mess with the good you may do or that God instead is not so gently nudging you in a different direction? That distinction can be very difficult to discern some days. This is one of them. My post ... much much earlier this morning will not post. My changes revert back and things I add won't stay. So, plan B!
A Look at the First Week of #SnapAdvent
ADVENTures Check in...
How is your Advent Going?? Are you finding time to pray?
5 Means for Acquiring the Love of God
During his lifetime, Blessed Father Solanus Casey‘s penned a list of 5 Means for Acquiring the Love of God. The following is this perfectly imperfect mom’s reflection on embracing these in my everyday life:
Detachment of oneself from earthly affections. Singleness of purpose.
Meditation on the Passion of Jesus Christ.
Humble Obedience's Great Reward
Uniformity with the Divine Will.
Mental Prayer – meditation and contemplation.
Prayer – “Ask and it shall be given to you.”
Totally Missing the Point
With my 2006 reversion to the Catholic faith came an acute awareness that for most of my life I had rushed Christmas. I missed out on the beauty and joy of the season of ADVENT! That glorious period of preparing and waiting on the birth of my Lord and Savior on the Feast of the Nativity (aka Christmas) clearly absent from my family's traditions. The irony here? When I do include the celebration of the season of Advent, it actually prolongs that beloved feeling of joy associated with Christmas! So ... from the Saturday after Thanksgiving (although technically Advent begins on December 3, 2017) until the Epiphany (some time in January) this family rocks all the liturgical calendar has to offer.
Catholic Women Bloggers Know How to Advent
My family is changing so quickly. I miss having my little kids eager to celebrate the season with me. However, I do still have an 11 year-old and lots of great memories to sustain me each year. Here are a few Advent memories my family loved.
Advent Calendar of Books
One of my favorite homemade advent calendars included wrapping new (and recycled from our bookshelf) Advent and Christmas themed books. I numbered them and placed them in a basket. Each morning one of my children would unwrap the book; since they were homeschooled by in those days, we'd read it all cuddled up on the couch before beginning our day. This is also a wonderful way to begin to foster morning prayer time.
St. Nicholas, the real Santa
On the special feast days of December (and there are several good ones include Our Lady of Guadalupe) such as St. Nicholas Day on December 6th, the children would have also found their shoes filled with oranges, small trinkets and chocolate. As a germaphobe ... I have to admit this usually involved me buying NEW CHRISTMAS shoes early so we'd be placing those edibles in CLEAN shoes!!
Special Family Moments
My friend, Heidi Bratton shared an amazing tradition when she visited my radio show, A Seeking Heart in 2016 to discuss her then new book - Finding God's Peace in Everyday Challenges (**in which the struggle Faith and I had when first united is featured). During Advent, her family holds candlelit dinners. They start in complete darkness and sing a hymn, then her children take turns each night lighting the Advent wreath. This is probably my favorite part of the tradition-- they would then dine only by that light! I'd be happy these days just to get all three of my children to be together at the TABLE for a meal.
It is simple the ways we can slow the season and be sure to keep Advent...well, Advent. Christmas will be here soon enough! Share you ideas in the comments below; and be sure to visit the other fabulous Advent Traditions My Family Loves posts on this month's Catholic Women Bloggers Network Blog Hop!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Save the above image - and snap a photo according to the days theme (you can find these next to each accompanying Advent date on the graphic).
Then hashtag #SnapAdvent and the theme you are sharing - it is OK if you do multiple days at a time - it is the holidays we WILL all have a day or 2 that we fall behind! DON'T forget to tag me @reconciledtoyou ! You can also tag either of my partner in creating the original ADVENTure SnapAdvent: Laure Lynch @lynchlm
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and SnapChat:
Not on Instagram but still want to participate? Or perhaps just want to post in multiple places - I know I will be. DON'T Forget to tag me @reconciledtoyou (on all social media platforms) and include #SnapAdvent (or #SnapAdvent2017) and a hashtag for the day's theme.
All Rights Reserved, Allison Gingras 2016 (reprint 2017)
How Do YOU Advent?
Consider Opening This... Catholic Door
Shopping is a favorite activity. It is one I am fairly good at. I have always had the knack of finding the perfect gift, never paying shipping, and finding a good price. This year, the new Catholic online store - Catholic Door - made all three of those tasks even easier! **Disclaimer: I was provided a Gift Certificate with which to shop and give a fair and honest review. In the end, I spent MORE than the G.C. - and plan to return for even more gifts today. I THINK that speaks more to anything my review will say; however, I do have more to share!
Selling Point #1
FREE SHIPPING.... ALWAYS!
Selling Point #2
GREAT VARIETY, QUALITY, and ORIGINALITY of the products offered. Here are a few of the items I purchased. I received the quickly, as described, and well (but not wastefully) packed. Catholic Door provides great descriptions and clear images to assure you know exactly what you are purchasing.
**Catholic Door also has an amazing mission and focus for the future. Read More in any of these fabulous reviews:
The Hardest Part of Gift Buying ...
Not Keeping Everything for Yourself. These may OR may not find themselves under the Christmas tree. Perhaps, they will end up there but addressed to people in my immediate family so I can still enjoy them.
Selling Point #3
GOOD CATHOLIC RESOURCES and TREASURES
Selling Point #4
Supports Catholic Artisans
I AM obsessed with the art of Jen Norton. I nearly fell off my couch when I saw all the wonderful products bearing her phenomenal art. Seriously, she is brilliantly talented! Here are just two of the remarkable items.
Various Images by Jen Norton are Available as: