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Saint-O-Lanterns. October 31st is All Hallow's Eve, the vigil before the Feast of All Saints on November 1st. Unfortunately, what has traditionally been a Christian Catholic penitential day of taking stock of one's life and the life hereafter has been largely secularized. Our family's aim is to reclaim Hallowe'en for the Church. One of the small ways in which we are doing this with our young children (almost 3½ and 2 yo) is by carving 'Saint-O-Lanterns,' or religious-themed pumpkins, to light up our home and point our minds and hearts to God. This year Mommy (me) chose Jesus and the Holy Spirit (represented by a dove):
Visit the Saint-O-Lantern link up to see more!
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Reformation Day. October 31st is also, for some Protestants who acknowledge it, the celebration of the Reformation -- or, more precisely, the anniversary on which Martin Luther is said to have nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. Some thoughts on the subject: Reformation Day and Schism
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Agora. My husband and I recently rented and watched 'Agora.' As I suspected when I watched it, much of it is fairytale and exaggeration with a little bit of anti-Catholicism thrown in for good measure. Fr. Barron comments:
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Abortion in the Voting Booth. Confirming what all Catholics should already know, Cardinal-designate and Archbishop Raymond Burke reminds the faithful that they have "a very serious moral obligation" to vote in accordance with the Church's moral teachings, especially regarding abortion and life issues. Full article: Catholics Can't Vote for Pro-Abort Politicians
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Blog Finds. I've stumbled upon some great new bloggers recently!
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New books. Is there anything better than purchasing a quality book? It is one of my favorite little perks in life. My recent buys (most are for our daughter for Christmas):
- Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia for Children
- The Children's Book of Saints
- Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism
- The Big Book of Catholic Customs and Traditions for Children's Faith Formation
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Quote of the Day.
Eating and drinking don't make friendships - such friendship even robbers and murderers have. But if we are friends, if we truly care for one another, let's help one another spritually....Let's hinder those things that lead our friends away to hell.
- Saint John Chrysostom