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Part 2: Events and Relationships This blog post is supposed to be about how to get creative during Advent in regard to special events and our relationships. And I have to say, this is a tough one. I think the tendency is to try too hard to do too much and make things too special. [...]
Part 1: Food and Decorations Usually, by Halloween we are accosted in the grocery check-out lane by magazines that present all kinds of ideas for Christmas cooking and decorating. Some publications present that company’s perfect holiday dinner—complete with table settings, menu, and recipes. But we have to balance these “plans” with family tradition, the tastes [...]
Consider what gives you joy, deep down. That’s the starting point for today’s reflection, an excerpt from my book The Soul Tells a Story.
Although our liturgies do not celebrate the three wise men and their gifts until after the Christ Child arrives, Advent is quite an appropriate time to reflect on our individual gifts. You are equipped to give to the world what no other person can give: yourself. Your presence, your history, your longings, your memories, your [...]