F is for Feast Day

I love the internet.

It makes learning about and sharing stuff with my kids incredibly easy.  And almost incomprehensibly fast.  With my smart phone,  I never even have to say, “we can look that up when we get home,” because I can instantly find the answer to whatever the query is that I don’t have an answer for.  Immediately.  Isn’t that amazing?  In college, we had to use microfiche to access archived media.  It was still possible, and often preferred, to look up something in the card catalog file or reference encyclopedias.  Seems archaic, now, right?  But it was less than 20 years ago!

What I especially love about this constant access to information right now is how I can use it to practice and grow my Catholic Faith.  From the daily mass readings and Liturgy of the Hours app on my phone to the blogs of fellow Catholic mamas who post their efforts at enriching the “domestic church”, I am encouraged to do more and share more with my children.

This advent has been especially busy for us, so far, with the help of Holy Heroes Advent Adventure email series, Catholic Icing, Paper Dali, O Night Divine, and the seemingly endless links to other blogs full of ideas, thoughts and inspiration.  We’ve also been enjoying celebrating the Feast Days of the Saints.  This is a new venture for Mark and I, as well as the children.  Neither he nor I went to Catholic school and we didn’t celebrate feast days at home as children.

December is particularly full of fun feast days and we’ve enjoyed learning about St. Nicholas, St. Juan Diego, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and St. Lucy (Lucia), so far.  Here are a few photos of our St. Lucy celebrations:

First up is Ella Rose as St. Lucy with her Star Boy attendants posing in front of our St. Lucy braided bread ring–yum!

Then we have Ben in his Star boy hat and Ella Rose modeling her felt candle crown.

Prayer to Saint Lucy of Syracuse

Saint Lucy, your beautiful name signifies light. By the light of faith which God bestowed upon you, increase and preserve this light in my soul so that I may avoid evil, be zealous in the performance of good works, and abhor nothing so much as the blindness and the darkness of evil and of sin.
By your intercession with God, obtain for me perfect vision for my bodily eyes and the grace to use them for God’s greater honor and glory and the salvation of all men.

Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr, hear my prayers and obtain my petitions. Amen.

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