Saturday, December 28, 2013
the 12 days of Christmas and beyond. At least until Epiphany. I heard someone the other day on EWTN say we should remember Christmas until the Feast of the Baptism, so I hope you haven't stopped celebrating the birth of our Lord yet but continue to enjoy the season.
Just a little note, we celebrated Christmas Eve this year at midnight mass. It was beautiful. Half hour of beautiful carols, followed by a beautiful mass with the incense, the altar servers, 3 priests and a deacon and of course Our Lord in the Eucharist. It was awesome. At the end of mass, the parish turned out the lights, leaving only the Christmas tree lights and we all sang Silent Night. I loved it.
I love being Catholic. It is a challenge and not always easy in this culture but I know God is my help and it is His Church.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Happy first week of Advent.
I had been wanting to do my advent wreath different for the last couple of years. Part of the reason was that the taper candles never stay standing up straight. Strange but that always bothered me, so I bought these thicker, shorter candles and used a pine wreath. Then added the burlap tie and placed it all in a vintage pie tin. For aroma, I added cinnamon berries, so not only does it look festive for Advent but smells great too. I think it turned out pretty good. There are different ways to do an Advent wreath and you can make it fun or to your own taste. I usually set up my Advent wreath along with Christmas decorations. I try to stay away from the commercialism of the season and focus on the purpose of Advent and Christmas; waiting for his coming and celebrating his coming. The tree will go up in a couple of days but I have put out a few other decorations. I put out my crèche without Jesus. He will show up Christmas Eve. I try to just take it slow enjoying the season.
Have a blessed day.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
It is the first week of Advent. We just got back in town and I will be putting my Advent wreath up tomorrow, so hopefully will be posting it on here for you all to see. I am trying to live a simpler and a more country life and hopefully can create something a little more simple this year. It is a long story which I may tell sometime on here but we had a fire this summer, with a lot of smoke damage and have come to realize I had a lot of stuff that needed taken out and cleaned and I did not want to put it all back in the house, so I have done a lot of decluttering and looking more to simpler ways, so we'll see what it looks like tomorrow. See you and have a blessed Jesus and Mary day.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Blessed Mother help us.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
How many times do we hear someone say, "have at least one meal together a week as a family."? A lot. That is what I get out of this video. Ideas that say, share the family meal, make it special, share your day and ideas and show love and compassion to one another and keep the meal from being a place of strife and rush.
Well, anyhow, I see this as a video with guidance for meal times. This video dates back to the 1950's, which shows even then people were needed to be reminded what the family meal should be.
I love to watch old shows. I love old movies and I love all the old sitcoms. I thought today I would watch a Father Knows Best. I first started watching a Christmas episode and then I decided it was too early and thought I would watch a Thanksgiving episode and then I ran across this. Many times people make fun of sitcoms such as Father Know's Best and maybe especially because they think it is corny but much of what happened in this episode still happens today. Father said something he shouldn't have. He criticized the youngest daughter's poem and hurt the little girl terribly. He needed to apologize and she was very forgiving. Isn't that how we should be of each other in our families. Forgiving. We know we will hurt each other but we learn to be forgiving. Hurting someone as we all do at times and then needing their forgiveness makes us realize how important they are to us.
Father also realized how grateful he was to live in a country where he could pray and worship and have religious freedom and also freedom of speech. This family was very grateful for such things. Things that seem to be at stake for us right now. Things that could be lost in the near future. I hope to remember this Thanksgiving and everyday our freedoms and pray they are maintained and pray through this time of uncertainty over the universal health care and the freedom of the Catholic church that more Catholics will grow in their faith and reach out to the world.