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A Blog of Graces
Welcome to Graces! I've created this Web site and blog to share with you many things that have been sources of grace to me. I hope they will be sources of grace to you, too. Thank you for visiting.
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The liturgical season of Advent, my favorite season of the Church year, begins today. Here are a few resources to help you enter into the season of waiting and prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ.:
Watch for the Light is a thoughtfully selected anthology of readings from distinguished spiritual authors on themes suitable for Advent.
Fr. Richard Rohr's Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent is an extraordinarily rich, unique book for the Advent season. I recommend it. Fr. Richard says "Advent is a time to focus our expectations and anticipation on the adult Christ, the Cosmic Christ, who challenges us to empty ourselves, to lose ourselves, to surrender." See Fr. Richard speaking on the cosmic Christ below.
Subscribe to Fr. Richard's daily meditations by e-mail, wihch will nourish you during Advent.
Begin the new liturgical year with Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home, a classic book by Fr. Edward Hays. It contains simple but beautiful prayers and home rituals for the seasons and feasts of the Church year and the special occasions in the life of each family and person.
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