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I haven’t been on the blog lately. In the world of Catholic-mom-blogging, that usually means the author is pregnant. Unfortunately, I’m still infertile myrtle. But I have been busy with a similarly anticipatory process.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been immersed in work for Advent: the ancient season of expectant waiting. It doesn’t begin until December 3rd, but I had to get a jump on it for a top-secret project.
Producing content ahead of its liturgical time is an odd feeling. Out of step with the rest of the calendar. But the practicing Catholic in 2017 often feels out of place.
One major bit of Advent preparedness for me was creating a set of O Antiphons printables and instructions (currently on sale!). The O Antiphons are seven short prayers sung in building anticipation of Jesus’ coming. They are sung each of the last seven days preceding Christmas, during Vespers and the Alleluia at Mass. I love how keenly they express our need for the Savior!
Savior. It’s an odd word. I sometimes think we’ve forgotten that we need saving. To paraphrase St. Therese, the world is our ship, not our home. And as the next 6 weeks press in on us with a loud message of conspicuous consumption, it’s easy to forget what we’re waiting for. Is it the birth of the Savior, or a sale on TVs?
I’m not claiming to have done Advent perfectly (whatever that means). I just know I’m not alone. That’s one of the reasons I was so motivated for the top-secret project.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been collaborating with 11 other moms on the Catholic Mom Bundle 2017. It began as a way for us to work together on finishing up projects we wanted to bring to life. But over time a strong theme emerged. Some products are explicitly centered on Advent, but all can help you bring the faith home.
Just to name a few:
Celebrating Advent at Home: A Simple Guide to Peaceful Preparation by Ginny Kochis, normally $10
Advent Activity Pack 2017 by Aleesa McCarthy, normally $5
Refresh: A Catholic Mom Guide to Getting More Done by Sterling Jaquith, normally $8.99
The cool thing about working together is that we’re able to offer a super low price for you. Like insanely low. It’s only $19. That’s 91% off the total price of all the products!
The only downside is we can’t keep it up forever. The Catholic Mom Bundle is only on sale this week.
P.S. I think this is a great bundle with actionable content for busy moms. But what’s really awesome is the 30-day happiness guarantee. Download it, try it out, and if you’re not satisfied, just ask for a refund within 30 days.