Many Paths, One Destination: Holiness

This week, a dear friend posted a beautiful family selfie of herself, her husband, and their precious four kiddos. The sweet caption described a fun day in their family homeschool – they’d travelled on pilgrimage to the countryside, visiting the Painted Churches (if you’re ever in Central Texas, be sure to visit them – they’re gorgeous!) to close out this Year of Mercy. It was obvious to see that she had shared the photo in a moment of pure joy, relishing the role of homeschooling mom and mother of many. It was lovely, truly it was.

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Gaudete! Rejoice!

REJOICE! Gaudete!

 

From the Introit, or Entrance Antiphon, for today’s Mass, we hear St. Paul exhort the Philippians: “Rejoice in the LORD always; again I say, rejoice.  Indeed the LORD is near!”

Indeed He is!  In case you needed are reminder, there are 11 days left until Christmas Day.  Is your Christmas tree up yet?  Is your baking finished?  Are your presents wrapped?  {Don’t worry.  None of that is complete over here, either.  The tree goes up today, I have a bajillion gifts en route from Amazon, and my baking has been limited to one batch of brownies.}  More importantly – how are you cultivating an atmosphere of joy for your family, friends and coworkers?

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