Worth Revisiting: Finding Christ’s Joy In My Deepest Wounds

“In my deepest wound, I saw your glory and it dazzled me.”- Saint Augustine. Most people assume they will automatically feel cheerful during Christmas.  Not only does the Church celebrate the birth of our Saviour with joy, secular society also promotes the idea that everybody is happy during this season, bombarding us with images in the media…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Finding Christ’s Joy In My Deepest Wounds

Small Success Thursday: Sleep Apena

        Better late than never right? I wrote a post on the feast of St. Stephen for Boxing Day before my brain realized it was Thursday, then my brain shut down late at night and refused to coöperate by writing another post. I am fascinated by the fact that the Church celebrates the death…… Continue reading Small Success Thursday: Sleep Apena

Why Boxing Day is the Feast of the Martyr St. Stephen

Why would the Church celebrate the death of a martyr the day after Christmas?Remember the old English carol Good King Wenceslaus?  St. Stephen’s charity is the reason for the songs and customs which have become the traditional way of celebrating his feast. The old English carol Good King Wenceslaus celebrates how King Wenceslaus went out on St. Stephen’s day to…… Continue reading Why Boxing Day is the Feast of the Martyr St. Stephen

Sharing in the Joy at Christmas

Simeon’s Moment by Ron DiCianni © 2013. Image used by Permission http://www.TapestryProductions.com The infant Jesus blessed everyone who met Him. The artist Ron DiCianni captures this truth in his painting, Simeon’s Moment. We can share in that same mystery this Christmas Season if we remain open and humble in the Presence of God in the form…… Continue reading Sharing in the Joy at Christmas

Pentatonix: Singing With Joy

Pentatonix has a Christmas video that inspiring and full of joy and life. Their music is pure gift, a surprising gift, sung from their hearts, for the hearts of their listeners. Angels We Have hear on High, as sung a cappella by this group is powerful; they took me by surprise and moved me to tears…… Continue reading Pentatonix: Singing With Joy

Anticipating His Birth: The Magnificat

Magnificat My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid; for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because He that is mighty hath done great things to me; and holy is His name. And His mercy is…… Continue reading Anticipating His Birth: The Magnificat

Small Success Thursday: Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Gloria in excelsis Deo, it is already the third week in Advent, time to rejoice with the angels as we prepare to celebrate His birth in our hearts. I love good, inspired art, everything from stained glass, icons, the old masters and modern Christian painters. When an artist paints in and with the Holy Spirit,…… Continue reading Small Success Thursday: Gloria in Excelsis Deo

“Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?”

“Every Knee Shall Bow” Philippians 2:10 by  Gaye Frances Willard  This is one of the most heart warming paintings of Christ in the manger with a kneeling Sanata.  Gaye Francis captures on Santa’s face is intriguing because it expresses a combination of personal humility and revereance for the infant Jesus with a touch of pain. Perhaps it…… Continue reading “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?”

Small Success Thursday

I could not simply jump into a list of success stories without honouring our Lady because today is the feast of La Virgen de Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe.  In 1521 – Our Blessed Mother appeared to San Juan Diego on the Hill of Tepeyac, near Mexico City. It is a marvelous story to tell children. To prove…… Continue reading Small Success Thursday

Advent Prayers of the Heart, For the Heart

                                       ADVENT PRAYER  God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when…… Continue reading Advent Prayers of the Heart, For the Heart

7QT Friday: On Being Pregnant During Advent

# 1. Advent is a special time for pregnant women; two of my pregnancies were during Advent. One baby was born on Christmas Eve and my youngest on Jan. 7, still in the Christmas season. We had just moved to our farm 19 years ago and the children attended a small Catholic school with 10…… Continue reading 7QT Friday: On Being Pregnant During Advent

Advent Wreath Prayers

There is no better way to prepare our hearts to receive Christ than to light the candles of the Advent wreath every evening in the weeks leading up to Christmas.The Catholic Church understand the power of symbols and the physical act of lighting candles and saying short prayers really does open our spiritual selves to…… Continue reading Advent Wreath Prayers

Sunday Snippets

It is wonderful to see everyone back  here at Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival, hosted by RAnn of This, That & The Other Thing. Today is Epiphany the last celebration of Christmas. My two posts that I have included are: Naming the New Year https://melaniejeanjuneau.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/naming-the-new-year/ Moments of Grace by the Woodstove https://melaniejeanjuneau.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/moments-of-grace-by-the-woodstove/ No Man is an Island https://melaniejeanjuneau.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/no-man-is-an-island/

Nine Kids= A Magical Christmas

Christmas for our large family was magical It was still dark outside, way too early for my husband and I; we had worked on Christmas Eve set up till 2:00 am. We couldn't even pry our eyes open but we were smiling with contentment as we listened to the excited whispers and giggles of the… Continue reading Nine Kids= A Magical Christmas

On the Eve of His Birth

May the warmth of God’s love melt the igloo of anxious business around our hearts, making room  for the re-birth of baby Jesus. May we relax and receive the fire of His love. Let us joyfully warm everyone we meet with this love.