Tag: tradition

Cultural Touchstones in Lent

Previously Published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   I hear in the niche world of young, homeschooling, Catholic families, a new buzzword: liturgical living. Liturgical living is a way of bringing traditions of the liturgy into the home with the goal of furthering ones cultural and religious heritage. Societies were

Decoration Day

Memorial Day…Decoration Day. This day goes back to the period following the Civil War when the women of those who died in battle championed a national day to honor the dead of war. Decoration day. A day to visit the graveside of the soldier lost, decorate with flowers and eventually

An Easter recap

We’re meeting milestones here. For the first time since our eldest was born, I made it to Good Friday celebrations. Grace abounded with the relaxed attitude I brought with me (unusual, I can assure you). It was beautiful to see my son venerate the cross. On Holy Saturday I struggled

The need for moments of transcendence

Have you ever experience a moment of exquisite beauty? You walk into a building, a piece of music, and have to catch your breath. You look around you, bewildered at the sight, pause and take in the sounds that are foreign and yet familiar. You feel your heart lifted, your

Thoughts from Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, Ch.1

As I did before with Gift from the Sea, I would like to share with you my reflections following a reading of Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, written by Pope Benedict XVI. I am embarking on this reading through our virtual book club: Well Read Mom. As before, the

Christmas Traditions

And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: tradition! – Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof I wrote previously about Black Friday traditions in my family. Growing up, my mother and father both worked full time and I was a latch key child. There

All Souls’ Day Celebration

I love Halloween. I love the controversy and the conversations. For some reason, I’ve been comfortable with the macabre for a long time. Cemeteries were never creepy. Post-conversion, I thought it was beautiful to sit in a cemetery and just soak in the awareness of the souls in Heaven and

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