It is with great happiness and excitement that I announce the debut of my new book Evangelizing Our Children with Joy, released by Scepter Publishers. This book is all about raising our children to be saints despite our own shortcomings and tribulations.
Have you ever noticed that many Christmas cards have beautiful pictures of Mary and the Baby Jesus, but St. Joseph is nowhere to be seen? Why is it that St. Joseph is so often over-looked in the nativity scene? There is so much to learn from St. Joseph that it is a shame to take so little notice of him, especially during Advent. Here are some pictures and thoughts about St. Joseph’s Advent I’ve been sharing with my kids.
Well, I’m back! Mary is taking off another week from blog writing (but don’t worry, she’ll be back next week with something spectacular!). She has asked me to expand on St. Nicholas and some ideas to celebrate his feast day on December 6th. What a glorious time of year to bring the Faith to life for our children!
There are many exaggerated legends associated with this great man, but we do know some indisputable facts about his life. St. Nicholas is one of the most popular saints, among Catholics and non-Catholics alike. He is the patron saint of children and is said to have been represented by Christian artists more frequently than any other saint, aside from Our Lady. In order to understand where this popularity comes from, we can look at this saint’s history.
(NOTE: Mary is taking a break this week from blog writing. So she has asked me (Sue, the other mom on this blog) to write my first ever post! This is so exciting! Mary has posted the lion share of the content on this blog, but I am hoping in the coming months to step it up! Just a forewarning, my blog posts will never be what Mary’s are. That lady is AMAZING! Mine will be more of a cross between Erma Bombeck and C.S. Lewis. So here it goes!)
As we head into one of my most favorite liturgical seasons, I thought it would be nice to share some of our family’s Advent Traditions. I LOVE to establish different traditions around the Church calendar. First, the kiddies go crazy about them! We are talking, absolutely have to do this stuff without a doubt,
even when I am too tired and just wanting to read a book and take a bath. Second, we are covertly teaching them about the Faith, and it doesn’t involve anything BORING (as they put it)! So each year, I try my best to do something exciting but liturgical.
It all started on a sunny day in California, when Big-Sis was a little over a year. We were at Mass, and for some reason our sweet little cherub was taking a fit. My husband carried her to the cry room with the hopes of calming her down, but to no avail. When the time for Communion came, Chris had to carry her, while she was kicking and screaming, to the front of the church to receive the Holy Eucharist. From then on, attending Mass has never been the same.
With the wonderful feast of All Saints Day coming up, I’ve been thinking about our children and what they think of becoming saints. Many of us adults know that we are called to be saints. But how many of us actually believe that we will reach that lofty goal? How many of us, when we consider our human weaknesses, feel discouraged? Sanctity is for Fr. So and So, but not for me. I often think if ever I go straight to Heaven, it will be on the coattails of the holy people around me or through a trap door.
With the canonization of Mother Teresa coming up on Sept. 4th, I thought I’d share with you a short letter Mother Teresa wrote to me. Yes, can you believe it? Mother Teresa did, in fact, write me a short little letter – more of a note than a letter, but one packed with wisdom so relevant to us busy moms.
I hope you enjoyed last week’s post, Screwtape Letter for a Homeschool Mom. I wanted to write an Angelic letter as well, because as Lewis put it:
Ideally, Screwtape’s advice to Wormwood should have been balanced by archangelical advice to the patient’s guardian angel. Without this the picture of human life is lop-sided. But who could supply the deficiency? Even if a man – and he would have to be a far better man than I – could scale the spiritual heights required, what ‘answerable style’ could he use?
Of course, there is no way I can scale the spiritual heights required, and I have no ‘answerable style’. But since this is just between friends and just for fun and encouragement, I thought I’d give it a try. Here it is:
I was going to post a different article today, but after hearing Tuesday’s news, I just didn’t have the heart for it. Last week, I was feeling a little down over the state of the country and the world. The stripping of our religious freedoms at home, the increasing terrorists attack abroad, and an electoral race that shows no concern for the sanctity of life – all of these were beginning to weigh down on me.
And then came Tuesday’s news: the story of Fr. Jacque Hamel’s atrocious assassination by the cruel hands of an 18-year-old ISIS terrorist during Holy Mass.
Do you ever have times when your children’s behavior is baffling? Last summer, All-Star threw a foosball at our sliding glass window on purpose. His aim was shattering. Why an intelligent, well-behaved boy would throw a hard foosball at a glass window on purpose, I’ll never know. He never gave me a reasonable explaination for what he did, at least not one that I could comprehend.
Understanding our children can be one of the most mystifying aspects of being a parent. There are times when our children’s behavior or words leave us perplexed and confused: a daughter who bursts into tears when you mention the weather, a son who becomes sullen and dejected for no apparent reason, or a healthy child who pretends to be sick. Try as we might to understand their motives and thought-process (or lack thereof!), we are sometimes left baffled and bewildered. And this can be frustrating because we want to help our children, but without understanding, we do not know how to deal with the situation.