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Preparing to prepare and other small joys

Dear Friends,

I wanted to connect with you today and share three small things I'm enjoying right now, because maybe you will too, and they will improve your week.

1) Preparing to Prepare
I love Thanksgiving and preparing for Advent -- a season of preparation in itself! I've had a few people ask if I will be repeating my email subscription this year with daily Advent reflections. I will not be doing that this year, but I will have a mini retreat you can be part of. Those of you who attended the recent Catholic Moms Summit and upgraded to the All Access pass already have a seat, but it will be open to others very soon, and I can't wait to share the details with you. Stay tuned!

Also Advent-related, I've had a few moms ask what we use for an Advent calendar. Here is beautiful wooden one we have used and loved for years. I put together an Advent Amazon shop with other items we have enjoyed through over the years as well.

2) Brief Reflection on Mission from St. John Newman
I heard this read in a sermon once years ago, and then I ran home to look it up and write it down. It's so good!

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.

3. Getting Educated
You can get educated on Twitter if, like me, you did not previously know that St. John Newman and St. John Neumann were two different guys:  St. John Neumann and St. John Newman.

How about you? What small things are you enjoying today?

God bless your week,

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