Christmas Cheer: Do You Save It for the Season?

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This morning, I sat watching this video from my friend Father Roderick Vonhögen of SQPN.com and pondering the current — undecorated — state of my home. Honestly, in most years my home would have been decorated for Christmas by now. We typically host my husband’s work Christmas party in early December (it’s actually, of course, [Read More...]

The History of the Advent Wreath — Or At Least One Version…

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We are only less than halfway into the first week of the season of Advent and I already feel like Charlie Brown’s Teacher every time I open my mouth to speak about it. Perhaps this is one of the occupational hazards of writing an Advent-related resource! Today, I was blessed to be a guest on [Read More...]

Are Peace and Advent Incompatible?

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As I was praying with my Advent wreath this morning, it occurred to me first of all how odd it is to pray with an Advent resource I wrote myself. This year, as part of my devotions for the season, I’ll be using my own little O Radiant Dawn. Since it’s been well over a [Read More...]

On Being “Ready” for Advent

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Tonight, I am experiencing an odd experience — incredible anticipation for the start of the Advent season and our new liturgical year. Why is that odd? Well, I’ll admit to often having been an Advent slacker. Too many years, I didn’t truly embrace the season until well into the second — or sometimes even third [Read More...]

Random Thoughts on a Rainy Friday

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True confessions time: rain depresses me. Actually, “depresses” is not really the right word — but “dampens my spirits” seems too silly to say. Regardless, unlike others in my family who love the lack of Fresno heat and her sun that withers our raisins, when it starts raining I feel like curling up in bed [Read More...]

O Radiant Dawn Giveaway – Comment to Enter

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As you read this, I’m driving home from my Thanksgiving vacation. Even though I’m pre-posting this on Tuesday night, I already know that when Sunday morning rolls around I am bound to be cranky. I’ll have said goodbye to my precious son Eric and shipped him back off to college, and Adam, Greg and I [Read More...]

Advent? Already?! Join Me for a Free Webinar Today & Be Ready

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I know, you see this headline and you think, “Advent already?! Seriously, it’s only November 8th. Advent doesn’t even start until… wait, when does it start this year? Well, that doesn’t matter! It’s not for several weeks…” Guess what, Advent starts on December 2 this year. Depending on how you count the days, that’s 24 [Read More...]


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