This Advent, Allow the Spirit to Guide


this advent allow the spirit

The ways we can connect our faith to our families’ daily lives during this liturgical season—or any liturgical season really—are plentiful.

Blogs, books, and Pinterest are all brimming, full, and teaming with perfect ways of celebrating the O Antiphons, creating the most glistening and meaningful Jesse tree, delightfully becoming one with a thematic unit.  They burst with creativity, with pure genius.

But how about choosing just one, or maybe two  rituals and enjoying, immersing, absorbing those?

The nightly lighting, reading, and reverence around our Jesse Tree or Advent wreath. The special Advent book, read and loved and so inviting.

We may do well to try on these rituals and just be. There are stories my family has not only read, but tried on and lived. They are staples and they have led to more discussion, more depth, more meaning than can be described.

Those thematic plans and copiously researched unit studies? Fantastic! They certainly have a place. However, this Advent, alongside the checklists, the rituals, the lighting, the prayers, the reading, the ornament making—this Advent, allow the Spirit to guide.

This Advent, watch. Watch our children. Connect. Bloom. Infer. Associate. Realize. Watch them dig deep layers of the Truth, of the Meaning, of  the Power.

All created by our Lord.

Who authors our destiny. Who gives strength. Who is the Reason.

Copyright 2013 Christine Mooney


About Author

Christine Mooney loves her life as a homeschooling Mom! Chris resides in NY with her lively, lovable boys, who continuously color her life. Her essays are included in Bezalel Books’ Stories for a Homeschool Heart and Joseph Karl’s God Moments 2 as well as “Mater et Magistra” magazine. Please stop in and visit her for a bit at her blog, Campfires and Cleats .


  1. This exact sentiment has been on my heart this week! I take this to be confirmation that it is the Lord’s message for me, as I approach Advent this year. Thanks for your post!

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