Sunday, December 1, 2013

Day is At Hand

Now that a new month is here, I thought I would wrap up my attempt at Writing in November.    Ir looks like between the two of us, Chari and I pretty much blogged every day.   Maybe we missed one day?    Not too bad!

Now that we are in December, I'd like to keep blogging more steadily.      My goal for this month is to find a time-slot for the habit.   In fact, during December, besides preparing our hearts for Advent and Christmas, I want to (1) clean the house and (2) get back into normal time habits.   These things went by the board while I was sick and then up in Oregon.  Time for a reboot.

It is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.
 For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed;
 the night is advanced, the day is at hand   Romans 13

By the way, this is Day 2 of the St Andrew Novena.   It ends on Christmas, so I don't think it's too late to start!  Printable Holy Card version at Joy Filled Family.

Printable St. Andrew Novena card-  We love this Novena!!

Is anyone else trying to read Papa Francesco's Evangelii Gaudium?  It's very long.   But if you don't have time to read the whole thing, read the preamble, which is only 17 pages long.    It's a beautiful reflection on Joy and evangelization.    That's going to be my meditation for this Advent.

Oh!  And Sarah at Amongst Lovely Things plans to host a Weekends with Chesterton!   So if you've heard of Chesterton and want to dabble a bit in his writings, this is a good time!    I mentioned I hope to use Dale Ahlquist's Chesterton 101 lectures as a framework to go through some of the GKC I haven't read in chronological order.     I don't know how far I'll get.   I started last night with Greybeards at Play.    It turns out to be very short, only containing 4 poems, so I finished it last night, too.   I am not a huge poetry reader, but these are charming.     You can find Greybeards at Play for free on Kindle but this version is not illustrated and GKC's illustrations are not to be missed.


  1. I didn't know that GKC had some illustrations in his poetry books. I'm excited for the link up! Do you think we should start right away or wait till the new year?

    1. Hi Sarah,

      I think GKC started off as an art student and I've read that his visual//spatial way of looking at reality was part of what made him such an interesting and perceptive writer.

      As for the link-up, I will be delighted to follow with whatever seems best to you. I know you have many domestic "monastery bells" right now that affect how you do things so I wouldn't want to push in one direction and in fact, I can see advantages either way, so it would be hard to decide : ).

      Advent Blessings!

  2. I am trying to read Evangelii Gaudium slowly as my Advent reading. Lots of wonderful insight!

    1. Yes, I agree! Glad you are reading too, Faith!

  3. We missed more than one day in November.......but we did not miss many. Yay, us! And a couple of days we both posted. :)

    I see that you are tempting me with more links. Again.


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