Pope Francis' Evangeli Gaudium

Sometimes I am spellbound by the language of the faith. The words take on lives of there own, it seems. Take for example, exhortation. This word isn't exactly common parlance nowadays. One might say it lacks a certain amount of street cred. But, when you put Exhortation next to something like Apostolic, you realize that these two words are meant for one another!

I think of Apostolic and Exhortation as a kind of marriage between the apostles who knew Jesus, who followed Him, who loved Him, and the church they formed to spread His good news. So, when Pope Francis released his Apostolic Exhortation this week, I knew that this would be a kind of love letter, a call to love, a call to commitment, and a call to live with apostolic zeal.

When I think of apostolic zeal, I think of my brother Chris. He is a thirty-something, tattooed Catholic with an out-going, gregarious nature who sees his mission as that of bringing friends and acquaintances back into the church. He's been pretty effective too. He recognizes his calling to evangelize and he is meeting the challenge with enthusiasm.

Being neither tattooed nor gregarious, I too look for ways that I might heed the call of the apostles. Join me in the coming weeks and months as I reflect in future posts on Pope Francis'  
exhortation to all Catholics.

In peace,

Peter's Bride




Preparing for Advent: The Advent Wreath

       We are only days away from the beginning of the Advent season! An organist practicing for Sunday mass reminded me that I, too, need to prepare. Of course, this means it is time to bring out The Nativity set, sans the Baby Jesus because he does not arrive until after midnight mass! It all means that it is time to set up the Advent wreath!

     Advent wreath, you say? Oh, yes, the Advent Wreath! What is THAT? 
An Advent Wreath is usually made of evergreens (real or not so real) with four candles nestled in amongst the greens. Three candles are purple in color and one is pink. Each candle represents one week in the Advent season, with the third candle being the pink one to mark Gaudete Sunday.

     Each evening for a few hours, burn the candle(s) to represent the which week you are celebrating. If you have never had an Advent wreath as part of your Advent celebrations, I strongly encourage you to do so. 

I also encourage you to mark the placement of your Advent wreath for your family to enjoy with a few prayers to highlight the meaning of the wreath as we prepare to celebrate the day in which our Lord Jesus Christ arrived so that we might be saved.

Here are some resources to aid you in preparing your own Advent Wreath, an activity that the whole family can enjoy :

 God bless,

     Peter's Bride


Advent Veil Project 2013: Let's Celebrate the Advent Season!

After taking some time away from blogging to take care of family and reflect on the meaning of life's challenges, I am happy to say that I am back with renewed enthusiasm! The more life throws at you, the more you get to dig deep and find strength from the Catholic faith and, boy o' boy, what a deep reservoir of love and compassion it is!  ~~~><(((O>

I would like to share with you an exciting upcoming project that I have been so very fortunate to participate in! I am happy to announce that I will be participating in ...
The Advent Veil Project 2013!

Just what is the Advent Veil Project you ponder? 

The Advent Veil Project is the brainstorm of three lovely ladies who are serious warriors for the Catholic faith. We share a common desire to reawaken in women the desire to veil in the presence of our Lord, in his home, the Catholic church. I will be participating with four additional lovely ladies who, like me, have agreed to contribute a veil to be raffled up each week of Advent. I will be raffling off the last veil, just before Christmas!

This is a wonderful opportunity for women world-wide to share in the beauty of veiling. To learn more, please follow twitter feed, #veilproject, or visit the following blogs:

God bless,

Peter's Bride ~~~~~ <O)))>< ~~~