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FEBRUARY: PRUDENCE

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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

CRAFT: In lieu of a craft, consider taking a field trip to a local monastery or basilica. Take a candle to be blessed.                                      

ACTIVITY: From Katherine Bogner, Look to Him and Be Radiant - The Presentation of the Lord is also called Candlemas in connection with the line from the Gospel that Christ would be, "a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Isreal."  (Luke 2:22-35) Eat dinner by candle light, burn a fire in your fireplace, or go star gazing in honor of the Light of the World who has come!

SYMBOLISM: Blindfold / Candle / Temple

Anything But Ordinary

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It just so happens that Ordinary Time is not actually meant as a time for rest or a time to be lackadaisical. It is a time for the real work of the Gospel. An opportunity to put into action those things we have learned and contemplated during the special Liturgical seasons throughout the year. The chance to put order (ordo) into our daily lives. 

"Ordinary Time is our usual time of life, our day-to-day living that should be used as working to our goal of sanctity. We are ordering our life towards God."

JENNIFER GREGORY MILLER, CATHOLIC CULTURE.ORG

If you haven't read the Catholic Culture blog yet, I recommend you ignore my blog entirely and spend all of your time there. It is so full of liturgical living ideas and reasonable explanations about our faith. Jennifer does a brilliant job of making the content accessible for adults in a way that they can share with with the children in their lives. It's basically RCIA and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd online, and it's wonderful.

From Catholic Culture: "The Liturgical Calendar has the greater concentration of Marian and saint days with solemnities, feasts, obligatory and optional memorials during Ordinary Time. Almost all the apostles' feasts fall during Ordinary Time. The summer months in particular are filled with wonderful saints' days, such as the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, and Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul just a few days later. Various New Testament saints, such as Mary Magdalene(newly elevated to a feast) and MarthaAnne and Joachim, grandparents of Jesus are sprinkled throughout July. The revision of the Roman Calendar moved more important saints' days like St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Benedict to Ordinary Time to ensure celebration instead of being suppressed because of Lent or Advent. Ordinary Time gives more space to study, ask intercession and celebrate our patron and nameday saints."

Jennifer reminds us of the important verses, such as: "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it." These are our instructions for our daily "ordinary" life.

Now it's time -- "Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life."

Quotable

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When we are assailed by some vice, we must, as far as possible, embrace the practice of the contrary virtue.

ST. FRANCIS DE SALES (January 24)

With addiction and bad habits, acknowledgement is the first step towards recovery. Through a daily examination of conscience we have the opportunity to pinpoint bad habits and vices that may be overshadowing potential virtue. While it's important to avoid these vices and sins it's helpful to be aware of the oposing “extreme” vice which also acts contrary to the corresponding virtue. 

The following list might help aid in focusing on the positive virtues to overcome any vices in your life.

V I C E / S I N

Pride
Self-Loathing

Avarice (Greed)
Wastefulness

Lust
Prudishness

Anger
Servility

Gluttony
Deficiency

Envy
Cowardice

Sloth (Acedia)
Workaholism

V I R T U E

Humility
Prudence

Generosity
Charity

Chastity
Modesty

Meekness
Magnificence (use one's talents for good) 

Temperance
Moderation

Brotherly Love
Justice

Fortitude
Industriousness

It has been super helpful for our family to have a visual, so I created this digital download or print.

I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. - JOHN 15:5

JANUARY: IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

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And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars... Rev 12:1

PRAYER: From Katherine Bogner, Look to Him and Be Radiant - "Look up the Novena to the Holy Family, and start praying it on December 21st in preparation for the Feast day, asking for the guidance of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in your life."

SYMBOLS: Crescent moon, halo of twelve stars.

Jesse Tree

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One of the traditions my family practiced a few years back was the Jesse Tree. Following Old Testament stories, it is an interactive reminder of the history leading up to Jesus' birth. The blog, "Why Christmas?" tells us that "the first Jesse trees were large carvings, tapestries or even stained glass windows put in Churches that helped illiterate people (people who can't read or write) to learn about the Bible from creation to the Christmas Story. But now Jesse Trees are used as a kind of Advent Calendar." 

As our family has grown, this tradition has been a bit lost in the shuffle to prepare for the holidays. But last year I came across a unique set of ornaments made by Sara Estabrooks of the blog To Jesus, Sincerely. Sara is not only a talented writer with a genuine heart for the Lord, but she is also a very talented artist! She used her skills over several years to hand craft her family's Jesse Tree ornaments using pieces of paper to create beautiful mosaics. These ornaments are available to purchase in her Etsy shop. Each set includes 25 cardstock ornaments and a 6×9 booklet with scriptures, reflections, and prayers for each day.

You can read more about her creations on her blog: tojesussincerely.com/2017/01/04/mosaic-jesse-tree/

Then hop on over to her Etsy shop here: 
www.etsy.com/shop/ToJesusSincerely