I’m striving this year for a little more simplicity. I’m cutting our gift giving back (much to Rachel’s dismay) and aim to focus more on service — both within our family, and to others.
I love being pregnant during Advent, too. Carrying a child reminds me of Mary, carrying Jesus. I can empathize with her sacrifice in visiting Elizabeth, and on the journey to Bethleham. I’m not feeling so great these first trimester days, and I admire Mary tremendously for helping others when she may have been ill herself. I know how uncomfortable the late days of pregnancy can be, and I can’t imagine I would have been gracious on a long journey on the back of a donkey.
Before we begin Advent and our new Church year, we stop to remember the solemnity of Christ the King. This feast day was established by Pope Pius XI in the 1920s, as the Church’s antidote to secularism. Almost 100 years later, the message of Christ’s royalty over individuals, familes, societies, governments and nations still rings true.
This also marks the last Sunday that we will be using the ‘old’ Mass responses, with our new Mass responses going into effect on the First Sunday of Advent. For our family, I’ll be using this handy resource from Lacy at Catholic Icing.
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Dianna…great post. I will have to add a link to my post back here.