What do You Know About the Liturgical Year?

We play Catholic Trivia over on Instagram each month. These are the questions and answers to this month’s #4thFridayTrivia game.

What’s more familiar to us than the year?

We live it every day, every week, every month, year-in and year-out. You’d think we would know it like the back of our hand.

The liturgical year is packed full of amazing feast days and celebrations. And those feast days and celebrations are surrounded by traditions, customs, symbolism, history, debate, and meanings you may not know they had.

Let’s see how much you know about the liturgical calendar!

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Send Down Your Spirit Like the Dewfall

#MyMassTakeaway for the 4th Sunday of Advent, December 23, 2018. Find the Mass readings here.

Something struck me when I heard the priest pray these words at the consecration during Mass today: “Make holy therefore these gifts by sending down your spirit upon them like the dewfall.”

Images flooded my mind.

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5 Steps for Charitable Giving this Christmas

How to give to “the least of these” this Christmas. A guide to creating stocking stuffers for kids in need.

December is a flurry of giving and receiving. It feels good to have that balance. To give gifts and receive thanks. To get gifts back in return.

But Sunday’s readings challenge us to do more. They might even make us a tad uncomfortable.

Whatever we do to the least of God’s people, we do to Him. And whatever we don’t do for the least of these, we didn’t do for Him. (see Matt 25: 40, 45) Continue reading

How to Upgrade and Preserve Your Mosaic Jesse Tree

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Hi friends!

I’ve had a lot of questions rolling in about my Mosaic Jesse Tree. Some of the most popular are:

  • How/where do we hang them?
  • Can we laminate them?
  • What’s the best way to preserve them?

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A Prayer Guide for Advent

How to have a prayerful Advent.

I love the anticipation of Advent. The joy and excitement. What I don’t love is the commercialization that threatens to distract me.

The gifting and spending make me cringe. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against giving and receiving gifts. I don’t hate the idea of generosity. I just get stressed out from the pressure of mandatory giving.

So, while it’s a tempting proposition for my wallet, you won’t find me writing a gift guide. I won’t tell you what to buy for your mother, father, aunt, spouse, or children. Because 1) I have no idea what my own loved ones want, let alone yours and 2) that would bring me more stress than joy.

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Celebrate Advent like Mary: A Baby is on the Way

Four pregnancy-inspired lessons to help us observe Advent like Mary did.  (Plus fun bonus tips)

We hear it over and over.  “Advent is a time of preparation, like waiting for a baby’s birth.”  Guess what.  It’s not a metaphor!  Or a simile, or whatever.  Advent is not like waiting for a baby’s birth.

 Advent IS waiting for baby Jesus’ birth.

Let Us Pray…

Today, my Jesus, all those years ago, Your mother Mary waited for Your birth.  She prepared for Your coming.

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