Ora et labora
~St. Benedict

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Family reading time

I love that there are 12 days of Christmas!  So, I am not in any hurry to pack up the holiday decorations or put away our cherished reading material.  We may not celebrate in a timely order, but it is certainly during the holy season.  What do I mean by that? Well, maybe the Advent calendar decorations did not get pinned on the correct dates or our children fell asleep before the lighting of the candles, but nevertheless, we carried on in our own off beat semi-traditional way. 

Trust me, it is so much better to carry on as if everything was meant to happen.  Less stress on me equals a very happy household.

This brings me to two of our literary treasures: Jesus with Us (The Gift of the Eucharist) and Saint Francis Celebrates Christmas.

Our first read is from Faith and Values, Pauline Books & Media.  The illustrations are fantastic and very reminiscent of Pueblo art . The colors are earthy and genuine, while the lines are visually soft with a wealth of curves pleasing to a reader's surveying eyes.  The content is simplistic, yet weaves important knowledge regarding Jesus and the creation of our universal church.

Uniquely, the jewel of Saint Frances' depiction of Christmas takes one back to a time of warmth and compassion, especially savoring the spirit of children through a colorful folktale. He created the first nativity and that tradition is still alive and well today.

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