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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."

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.

NOVEMBER: All Saints' Day

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Up until this year, our family has not been proactive in learning about new saints. This year, in preparation for All Saints, we are encouraging our kids to research a saint, their story, feast day, prayers, etc. Then they will share about their saint with the family. In addition, we will be choosing a patron saint for the family at the beginning of the liturgical year. Slowly we are building an arsenal of saints to intercede for us!

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For the individual saints, we will print out a family litany of our new saint friends. You can access a free digital download here: Family Litany of Saints worksheet.

After you have selected and researched the various saints, you might want to consider scheduling novenas with your "new friends" in advance. The website Pray More Novenas has an extensive list of upcoming novenas that you could add to your liturgical calendar. 

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