Thoughts for the First Sunday of Advent

Some thoughts from liturgical composer Rory Cooney for the first Sunday of Advent: Advent is that place between the Isaian dream of beating swords into ploughshares and training for war no more and the place in which we find ourselves today—still—on the brink of self-annihilation. The thing is, Isaiah and his countrymen lived on the…

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Advent Wednesdays: Light

Today I want to point you to a post by another blogger: Advent: On Seeing Light And Poverty. It’s been nearly two weeks, and I’m still turning this post over in my mind. Light is a central theme of Christianity: light of the world, Christ our light, light to the nations. When we pray for…

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Advent Wednesdays: Waiting

What I love about the blogosphere is the way we can touch and be touched by people we’ve never met and may never meet face to face–yet we can all help each other along our spiritual journeys. (I started to say “life journey,” because it’s not only religious blogs that challenge and shape my thinking,…

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Cute Quick Takes

___1___ You know you’re in a breastfeeding home when your three-year-old BOY says, “Mommy I gonna nuss da baby.” And you turn around to see this:  (Notice the pulled-up shirt. Naked doll mandatory.) ___2___ Things to warm a Catholic mama’s heart: the boys dressing up in Indian clothes, going on a hunt-and-fish expedition, and setting…

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Advent Wednesdays: So You Want A Creative Calendar?

Well, here you go. If you’re a make-it-yourself kind of person, you can try one of these lovely ideas: First up, from my ever-awesome long-time friend and fan Shelley: Second, from the lovely Elizabeth at That Married Couple comes this (click the picture to read her post on what she’s chosen to do as an Advent…

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A Visit (and giveaway!) with Sarah Reinhard, author of “Welcome Baby Jesus”

Last week I posted a review of Sarah Reinhard’s book, Welcome Baby Jesus. Today I’d like you to welcome Sarah herself to the blog! Sarah, tell us a bit about yourself, your family, and what got you started writing for families and mothers. I started blogging back in 2006 and it’s turned into writing for…

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Welcome Baby Jesus

In these last few days before Advent begins (does anyone else feel discombobulated because there’s an extra week after Thanksgiving?), I’d like to take the time to introduce you to a great little book written for young families: Welcome Baby Jesus, by Sarah Reinhard of Snoring Scholar fame. Liguori promotes Sarah’s book and mine as…

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Advent in the Year Of The Baby

There’s an old truism that says, “Man plans, God laughs.” The entire later part of this year, we have shaped the future around one day: December 15th. More than one person got wide-eyed with my self-assurance about this date. There’s that “Murphy’s Law” thing, you know. And my insides wiggled uncomfortably, because I know Murphy’s…

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Planning Advent When You’re Even Busier Than Usual

News flash: we’re having a baby in two weeks! So what does a family that puts such a big focus on Advent do when there’s a four-day hospital disruption in the middle of the season? I decided to share our Advent calendar activities list this year as a guest post for Catholic Mothers Online. I…

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