It’s OK if you didn’t fill any shoes with candy yesterday. It’s OK if your family never wears matching pajamas. It’s OK if the cute little lights on that cute little extra tree go out in the middle and you just can’t get around to fixing it.
It’s OK if you’re dreading things that lie ahead – parties, family, work and social obligations. It’s OK if you’re so distracted with worries about money, health, your marriage, your parents, or your kids that you have scarcely noticed it’s Advent.
Wherever you find yourself today, I invite you to take a moment. Breathe in deep, exhale slowly, and remember that you are God’s precious child. You are not alone, you are never alone. He is with you, and He loves you more than you can know.
Hold baby Jesus in your arms for a moment, Press his sweet smooth skin to your cheek, and let him love you. 🎄
A great article on how a shopping trip can count as homeschooling!
Earlier this year, when the covid restrictions eased, and life felt like it was returning to normal after our lockdown – and before the next lockdown arrived – my girls and I enjoyed a big shopping day out together. After we returned home, I wrote the following post for our unschooling community...
Happy feast of St. Francis Xavier! He was a co-founder of the Society of Jesus and a great missionary in the 16th century. The sea is said to have calmed when he lost a crucifix overboard in a terrible storm. When they reached shore, he was greeted by a crab with a crucifix shape on its shell, and HIS crucifix in its claw.
Prayer for the Zeal of St. Francis Xavier
O God, who through the preaching of Saint Francis Xavier
won many peoples to yourself,
grant that the hearts of the faithful
may burn with the same zeal for the faith
and that Holy Church may everywhere rejoice
in an abundance of offspring.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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