In A Catholic Family Advent
, each day starts with a quote from one of the lectionary readings for the day. This is followed by a brief reflection that talks about the Christmas symbol for that day. Next you will find a suggestion for family conversation about the symbol. This is followed by a prayer for your family to say aloud, and a suggested activity built around the symbol for the day.
Because this is a book that can be used every year during Advent, it has in it the maximum number of days that can occur during the season of Advent. It will work this year and ten years from now.
For many families, the four weeks leading up to Christmas can be a time of great stress, unrealized dreams, a commercial blur, and a financial burden. Susan Hines-Brigger, the mother of four children, knows well that the days counting down to Christmas can easily become for parents and grandparents a nightmare of whiny behavior, crowded to-do lists, and a less-than-spiritual experience. That’s why this mother who has seen and heard it all in her own home during Advent created this resource with prayers and activities: She wants to put Christ back into the family holiday celebration and help familieseven hersbecome holier. Using A Catholic Family Advent on a daily basis will give Catholic families time together to pray, reflect on Scripture, and do a simple activity together. This daily source of inspiration can be used in the family setting as prayer before or after meals, as morning and evening prayer, or as family time in front of the Advent wreath or Christmas crèche.
SUSAN HINES-BRIGGER is managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger, for which she writes the Catholic Mom Speaks” column. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and four children. She writes Too Tired to Blog.”
"Susan Hines-Brigger has a way of making every day of Advent relevant
.It made me look forward not just to Christmas, but to Advent as well!" --Judy Zarick, author of Moved by Faith: Stories From American Catholic Radio
"The suggested activities are affordable, doable for a busy family, and focused not only on creating meaningful fun for the family but, as importantly, reaching out to the community beyond." --Elizabeth Bookser Barkley, author Life After Death: Practical Help for the Widowed, professor, and chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages at the College of Mount St. Joseph
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