Thursday, December 17, 2009

Third week of Advent

It's the third week of Advent. Gaudete Sunday it what it is called. It means to rejoice, we are getting close to the coming of the Messiah.

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated St. Nicholas Day. My family woke up with candy and coins in their shoes. Candy tastes good and money is nice to have to spend but it doesn't compare to the joy we should feel knowing that we have a Savior. Some one who loves us so much he came to  us so we could spend eternity with Him.

I have started cookie baking. I have made cut-outs and chocolate chip cookies. The chocolate chip cookies were from scratch, the cut outs were a mix that you added butter and eggs.  I also made some mint chocolate chip cookies that my husband calls "wham" cookies because you do not have to do anything but take them out of the package and bake them. I have found that the cookies made from scratch were the best. They had the best flavor and rose the best in the oven. So, I think for the rest of the season if I bake anything I will try to bake from scratch because that tastes best.

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Dear Lord help us to educate our family for your glory.

"Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. For it devolves on parents to create a family atmosphere so animated with love and reverence for God and others that a well-rounded personal and social development will be fostered among children. Hence, the family is the first school of those social virtues which every society needs."--Gravissimum Educationis (one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council)

Helping and Loving Our Neighbor

Corporal works of Mercy
Feed the hungry

Give drink to the thirsty

Clothe the naked

Shelter the homeless

Visit the sick

Visit the imprisoned

Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy
Admonish the sinner

Instruct the ignorant

Counsel the doubtful

Comfort the sorrowful
Bear wrongs patiently

Forgive all injuries

Pray for the living and the dead

Good Samaritain