Sarah A. Reinhard is a Catholic wife, mother, and writer living in Ohio. She writes at SnoringScholar.com in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. Sarah is a regular contributor to CatholicMom.com, AmazingCatechists.com, Faith and Family Live.com, CatholicFoodie.com, and the Catholic Writers Guild blog. Her subjects range from parenting and family life to Marian reflections. A convert to Catholicism, she struggles (like so many others) with keeping sight of her faith in the midst of everyday life.
Welcome Baby Jesus: Advent and Christmas Reflections for Familiesby Sarah Reinhard
Advent is a season almost forgotten by the secular world. With new toys and electronics available, why should we focus on this time of anticipation? Most everyone cannot wait for Christmas morning to arrive, but is it for the right reason? Sarah A. Reinhard designed Welcome Baby Jesus for you and your family to capture some of what's intended by the/i>
Advent is a season almost forgotten by the secular world. With new toys and electronics available, why should we focus on this time of anticipation? Most everyone cannot wait for Christmas morning to arrive, but is it for the right reason? Sarah A. Reinhard designed Welcome Baby Jesus for you and your family to capture some of what's intended by the liturgical season of Advent. Each day has a Scripture quote from the Sunday gospel readings, a brief reflection, and an action to complete. With each passing Sunday, your Advent Wreath will grow brighter, your family's faith will grow stronger, and the true meaning of this season will be discovered.
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Welcome Baby Jesus: Advent and Christmas Reflections for Families by Sarah A. Reinhard is a beautiful resource to help families prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. The length of this booklet is ideal and perfectly manageable, even in the busiest of schedules at the the busiest time of year. All you need is a few moments each day to come together as a family and read an insightful page or two. (You could even do this before, during, or after a meal.) Each reading contains a short Bible verse, wise words for thought, a prayer, and an act—something concrete we and/or our children can attempt that day to help prepare our hearts, homes, and souls for Jesus (such as helping someone, giving up something, or making a gift for someone). You will find a treasure trove of reflections in Welcome Baby Jesus. And while the readings are encouraging, enlightening, and inspiring, they remain entertaining and simple enough to use with children—a great alternative to the modern Advent custom of opening a numbered door to grab a piece of chocolate! Instead of giving to ourselves, we can give to Jesus. My two kids and I looked forward to using Welcome Baby Jesus each day, and we incorporated it as a part of our homeschool routine. Not only do the pages guide you through a spiritually beneficial Advent season, they continue through the rejoicing of Christmas, the Octave of Christmas, and the Epiphany. In a world consumed by commercialism, this colorful booklet shines with the message of the true meaning of Christmas. I highly recommend Welcome Baby Jesus as a valuable spiritual resource for all Catholics! Reviewed by: Therese Heckenkamp Catholic novelist