Faith and Family

Day Nineteen: A Catholic Family Advent


For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

—Isaiah 54:10


The Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life tells us, “every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” Angels play a pretty big part in the Christmas story: They announce to Mary that she will be the mother of Jesus, they share the news of Mary’s pregnancy with Joseph, and they announce Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. Even in our own lives, we often speak of people who seem to be “angels” for us, helping us in a time of need, lifting our spirits, bringing good news, or showing up at just the right time. Perhaps that’s why angels are so popular.

Talk Together

If an angel appeared to you in the same way Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds experienced, what would you do?


Dear Lord, open our minds and hearts to the good news that you send through your messengers.


Grab some clothespins to make angel ornaments. For the wings, scrunch a sheet of tissue paper or a coffee filter and glue it to the back of the clothespin. Use a gold pipe cleaner for a halo and draw a face with a marker. You can hang them on your tree or give them to friends and family as a gift.

Support the friars this Advent!


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