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Five Simple Ways to Experience Advent

The season of Advent is a gift from God.  It is a time to wait, watch and experience Christ breaking into our ordinary lives  How can we observe Advent and wait for Christ while growing in faith?  Years ago our previous parish priest gave us five simple ways to experience Advent.  These 5 ways stuck with me (Lisa) because they were attainable in the midst of what can be a crazy, busy time leading up to Christmas.  I wanted to share them with you just in case you, like me, need a little boost to get us through these last weeks of Advent. 1) Attend Mass.  In addition to attending Sunday Mass, Advent is a good occasion to try and add an additional Mass to your week.  Daily mass times are varied, so it might be possible to find a mass time near your home or close to work that you can carve out time to attend. 2) Spend time with the Word of God.  A great place to start is with the daily readings.  They can be found online in a missal or reading on an app on your phone or tablet.  Duri

A Life Built on Faith: What Happens When Our Children Stumble

A few weeks ago we received a comment on a post from May 2015 titled “ Watching our Children Stumble ” in which I (Shelly) wrote about a particularly painful moment faced by my older daughter.  The recent comment reminded me that I haven’t written a follow-up post about how God revealed Himself in her life during the year that followed.   To understand what happened afterwards, it’s necessary that you read the original post first.   Go read it …. I’ll wait for you. *sniff – I still get teary thinking about that night and the struggle to move forward with a positive attitude. A real “character building” moment for her, right? Because that’s what we say when we don’t get what we wanted, when we fall short of the goal. We shake our head and say that the bad experience builds our character. Did you know we get that phrase from the Bible? It’s from a lesson St. Paul wrote in Romans 5:3-5, “ … that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and pro