Monday, December 1, 2008


The first Sunday of Advent was yesterday. One of the things I love the most about being Catholic is the liturgical calendar. I like having schedules and routines, and the Church calendar operates right into my hands in this respect :) The Church year begins with Advent, and I love the four week lead up to the feast of Christmas. I've always had an Advent wreath, and this year is no exception.

Mike and I attended the Saturday vigil at our parish, and actually walked to church, which was beautiful. Hank fell asleep in his stroller on the way (*angels sing*) and I got to actually enjoy the Mass without peeling a toddler off the floor and otherwise being distracted.

On one of the Catholic message boards that I frequent, I found a link to this article on Orthodox Advent preparations. Orthodox Christians fast during Advent, and eat mostly a vegetarian diet during this time period. They also avoid dairy and alcohol. I have a lot to say about how Eastern Christian spirituality and practices can inform Western Christians; I'll come back to that at Lent, definitely.

I could comment on Thanksgiving, but I'll refrain. Suffice to say that it involved me running around my house, upset and stressed, me breaking a bowl, and bursting into tears. Truly, Black Friday was better than the actual Thanksgiving holiday in the life of the Catholic Librarian this year.

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