Monday, January 4, 2010

Day 11

Today is day 11 in the twelve days of Christmas. I am going to start taking some decorations  down   :(
but leave up the most important ones until tomorrow. I usually like to leave up the manger scene, for sure, because that is what it is all about. The Christmas tree will stay but I have alot of other little things that need taking down.
What is  hard is that Christmas went very fast. Even with adding twelve extra days more than what the commercial world does it just seems short. I did notice that Hallmark has continued Christmas movies to play after Christmas. That was really great because some of the movies I only caught part of earlier because of so much busyness of shopping and baking and traveling.  What I really like is that at church on Sundays we will continue through the life of Christ. We will soon celebrate his baptism and then when we get to ordinary time we will continue through the life of Christ with other events that occurred and those  will help us grow spiritually until we come back around again next year to celebrate once again the birth of our Lord.

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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