Three Advent Traditions to Slow You Down

Three Advent Traditions to Slow You Down

Advent, the four-week period preceding Christmas, starts Dec. 2 and is a time to slow down as we wait in hopeful expectation for Christ’s coming. It’s a time to take stock of what’s important in our lives, casting away extra commitments and wasted energy we’ve added throughout the year.

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Holy Week: The Week We Live at Church

Holy Week: The Week We Live at Church

Spiritual writer, Kathleen Norris, in her book, "The Cloister Walk," shares her Holy Week schedule. It includes morning prayers, choir rehearsal, evening liturgy services but what I really noticed, was right smack in the middle of her afternoons, she wrote "NAP!!!" Yes, in capital letters and extra exclamation points.

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How a Cradle Protestant Became A Catholic

How a Cradle Protestant Became A Catholic

“What’s holding you back?” she asked over a turkey sandwich.

“I not sure if I believe in Transubstantiation.” I said solemnly over a sip of tomato soup.

“Ha!” she laughed, her mouth open, revealing the unchewed bite of sandwich in the side of her cheek. “That’s not it!” she said loudly drawing a few looks from the other patrons at the bistro.

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The Healing Power of a Small, Good Thing

The Healing Power of a Small, Good Thing

Curled up with the book one evening, I listened to the sounds of my husband opening drawers and stirring pots in the kitchen. My soon to be 7-year-old, came over for a snuggle. He grasped the book from my hands as he curled into my lap. I had just started the first story and my son read to me in his little voice sounding not unlike a Peanuts character. I stroked his hair as he rubbed his foot against mine.

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