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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

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.

OCTOBER: Love

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October features both saints and angels who model virtuous love and charity. St. Thérèse of Lisieux (October 1) described her life as the "little way of spiritual childhood." Even though she is also known as The Little Flower with childlike faith, she knew that what mattered most "is not great deeds, but great love." A strong stubborness and big love fueled her unwavering devotion to God.

On October 2 we recognized our Guardian Angels. Each person on earth has a guardian angel who watches over him and helps him to attain his salvation (JGM, Matthew 18:10). St. Bernard encourages us to "be alert in your every action as one should be who is accompanied by angels in all your ways." And to "love God's angels with a most affectionate love; for they will be our heavenly co-heirs some day."

CRAFT: Inspired by the childlike faith of St. Thérèse, add to your peg doll nativity set by painting baby Jesus and build his manger. Emmaus Road Pegs offers monthly DIY sets to match our curriculum!

A Blessing

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The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. 

NUM 6:24-26

"This blessing was entrusted by God, through Moses, to Aaron and his sons, that is, to the priests of the people of Israel. It is a triple blessing filled with light, radiating from the repetition of the name of God, the Lord, and from the image of his face. In fact, in order to be blessed, we have to stand in God’s presence, take his Name upon us and REMAIN in the cone of light that issues from his Face, in a space lit up by his gaze, diffusing grace and peace." -- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI