Finding ways to Truly Celebrate Advent with Family and Friends

The Holidays. The commercials, the radio, and the store fronts won’t let you forget it: the holidays are just ahead. As the weather cools and the familiar Fall sights and smells invade our senses we look forward to pumpkin pie, seeing family we haven’t in a while, exchanging gifts, and all the traditions the fall and winter brings.As the hubbub and chaos ensues, I often find that everything is over before I really get a chance to reflect on the meaning of these Holy Days, these Holidays. My best laid plans to really teach my kids what this time is all about get pushed aside and before we know it we are packing up the manger after Epiphany and trying to sneak in some lessons as we wrap the Baby Jesus in tissue paper. The problem of finding time to reflect on the Holidays and celebrate the

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Prayers for the souls of the faithful departed

The month of November, which is the end of the Church’s liturgical year, is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. These are the people, perhaps our friends and relatives, perhaps people we have known well for a short time or just passing acquaintances, who have died yet must still atone for their sins committed here on earth before they are cleansed to perfection and thereby able to enter into the presence of God forever in Heaven.Praying for the dead is a requirement of Christian charity.It is one of the “works of mercy” for our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. I hope that when I die, people pray for me, and I hope when you die, someone prays for you.Perhaps there are a few things you can do for your family this November to instill the practice of this virtue

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A Beautiful Surprise Review

Surprises are always nice! Opening my email yesterday I found a link to a lovely blog that posted one of the most heart felt reviews of Holy Heroes I have read. What a great way to start the day! I immediately contacted Dianna Kennedy of The Kennedy Adventures Blog to thank her for posting such a (surprise!) lovely review and asked her permission to share it with all of you. In her post she talks about what The Glory Stories have done for her and her family. I share many of her sentiments about what they have done for my own family and we have the same Favorite Glory Story! Secrets from Heaven, The Story of the Children of Fatima Click on over to The Kennedy Adventures and read the review for yourself! In the Love of Christ, Jenny Ryan

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Amy said: "On a whim, I put this on as my 6-1/2 year old was coloring a picture..."

Read down below to learn what happened when Amy did this (and her 4 yr old also plays a part in this episode), but first: Today is a fun FEAST DAY: November 3 Known as the Apostle of Charity … patron of barbers (really!) … miraculous healer of the sick … and helper in hopeless cases …Martin also spoke to the animals (wait until you hear the conversation!) … and worked many unusual miracles. Awe-inspiring, his story is one of the most humorous Glory Stories we’ve ever made–you and your children will love it! It’s on sale today as the “Deal of the Day” on our website. ALSO ON THIS CD A Sparrow in God’s Hand – St Clare: Inspired by St. Francis and his ideal of holy poverty, Clare left everything to follow Christ. She founded

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Take Prayer Off of Your "To Do" List (Our Lady of the Rosary)

“From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and Holy is His Name.” Oct 7th was the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. If you are like me, the word “Rosary” might give you a twinge of guilt. You might remember how you skipped the Rosary yesterday because the season premier of your favorite show was on…or you might think of all those times you fell asleep in bed with a few “Hail Mary’s” and “I’ll do better tomorrow” on your lips. But the purpose of the Rosary isn’t to induce guilt or boredom, and it’s not to make us feel good when we are faithful in praying it. The Rosary is a gift, to help us get to Heaven. I know that as a mother, saying my prayers or praying a Rosary can feel like just another

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