Happy 2nd Week of Advent!
To... whoever you are who may be reading this. :)
I signed off of Facebook this Advent in the hopes of spiritually preparing myself for Christmas, but unfortunately, and all too predictably, I'm only finding out how much I *loved* to surf the Facebooks in my down moments. Today has been particularly hard, hence why I'm writing this blog post. ;)
So what have I been doing/reading since I'm not on FB? Well, let me play a little show and tell...
Expecting During Advent: The Tender and Terrifying Truth
This post by Laura is lovely. It closes with some words by Madeleine L'Engle that I found particularly challenging: "Yet Love still takes the risk of birth." Such a good meditation on the darker side of Advent.
I Don't Care How You Advent
Bonnie's post was the first I saw that touched on the theme of "You Don't Have To Do It All" and I liked how she said it. But apparently it didn't sink in because I still needed to read
Baby Steps to Living Liturgically
Kelly's post. It was almost like she stepped into my head:
"Okay, you’re married, have a young family and after stumbling across some Catholic mommy blogs you want to celebrate the liturgical year like Kool and the Gang. You’ve bought some Tomie dePaola books, downloaded coloring pages, and attempted a new recipe but thus far your efforts only lead to tears of frustration and feelings of being the worst Catholic in the world..."So where we differ here is that I haven't bought any Tomie dePaola books. I've bought this one though. And this one. And this one. But not any of Tomie's... yet. So the paragraph above doesn't describe me at all. Except that it does. So that's why I read it two times over and encourage you to do the same.
Finally: The Story of Jake the Dog
This lady cracks me up. NFP dog!! HA!!
How a Conservative-Led Australia Ended Mass Killings
One of these links is not like the others... Seriously, though. We gotta do something about this.
If I Believe in Water But Will Not Drink...
I think what I liked about this one was that I was 1) surprised by who wrote it (it just didn't sound like her at all) and 2) I was challenged (again) to make use of the sacraments. Confession: I need to go to Confession. I don't know how to make it work with my two littles, but if I can wrangle them to Mass by myself then I can (and should) find a way.
Well, I have to get my social media fix somehow! (sigh.) ;)
Thanks to Kelly for hosting SQT yet again and letting me tag my little blog along too...