Some of these tips will help anyone organise their Christmas decorations, but some will help you focus your next advent season on Christ for you and your family. How? By having your decor organised so that it’s easy to identify, and within easy reach.
I wrote this elsewhere, but I saw so many tweets last year from people who were going to find last Christmas season difficult due to the loss of loved ones I thought I'd share it again today. After all, this is Christmas and may be we can visit them to share the message of joy.… Continue reading Grief at Christmas
This post is being written as one of a series leading up to advent and Christmas itself; for those who want to join me on a spiritual journey preparing for the liturgical coming of Christ. However towards the end I do talk about how to progress in holiness by taking full advantage of this under… Continue reading 10 Things To Consider To Help You Make a Good Confession
Before you write the cards take a few moments to sit down and ask God to be with you, so you can choose a verse that fits that person's life. Christmas is stressful, especially for those who have lost the real joy of Christmas.
I've suggested these types of charities based on their association to the Nativity story; it will help focus the families minds on why we celebrate along with the others outlined in the 20 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas post. 1 Charities that help the persecuted Christians are the most persecuted faith in the world… Continue reading 10 Ways of Charitable Giving For Advent
Living here in France it's a joy to have so many Catholic feasts as national holidays, as a result I'm so much more aware of the liturgical year. So it's become a desire of mine to start to note these feasts. One of the ways I've started to do this is through little vignettes dedicated to them. They can be a reminder to those with knowledge who've fallen away. Or indeed a sign of hope that someone is publicly exposing them. Most importantly though you can teach your family through the symbols you use.
Catholics often refer to Mary as the New Eve. Eve was the one to take the fruit, disobeying God. Yet Adam, who was meant to protect and was stood with her at the time, took the same fruit and ate also. Adam didn't protect and failed in his duty of leadership. However Mary, the New Eve, is protected from sin by the New Adam, her Son Jesus.
I hope you’re enjoying this feast of Saint Nicholas and the second Sunday of Advent. My children and I are up early this morning as they were excited for the feast. They found chocolate coins in their boots and we talked about how Saint Nicholas gave money to the poor and who he was, then… Continue reading Children’s Christmas Stories; The Donkey and the Cross (Free Printout)
The feast of Saint Nicholas is fast approaching and I wanted to share something to put out on it’s eve as your family prepares for his feast the next day. When I finished it last year I cannot tell you how pleased I was with the results; I love the images of Father Christmas worshipping the infant Jesus, so this was my starting point.
In a world that is increasingly hostile to the faith it's good to hold close these joyous feasts like a warm, cosy blanket. As they grow I hope that these strands of faith and truth that are being embedded in their hearts will strengthen them through adversity.