Downton Abbey, Christmas in foreign lands, resolutions… all bantered about on this week’s Catholic Women Now. Lisa and Julie returned from the Christmas break with light-hearted talk and applicable new year faith resolutions. Here’s a recap.
Downton Abbey — Are you following it? What will happen to Downton Abbey and the Crawleys in post WWI Britain? We are following along with all of you. But the real question is: how many of your husbands are hooked on the series? And here did you know that Julian Fellowes, the Oscar-winning screenwriter for the series, is Catholic. At a recent dinner, he announced that Catholicism would be entering the storyline (read more here). Mr. Fellowes (or is it Sir?) is currently the Vice President of the Catholic Association of Performing Arts in England.
Christmas in foreign lands — Julie shared about attending Christmas Day Mass in Chaing Mai, Thailand. Rather than doing the talking, we have posted pictures to tell the story. The take away: the universality of the Catholic church and how beautiful faith traditions are melded for those becoming Catholic from other religions.
Our Bishops are holy shepherds guiding us towards the good — Are you finding yourself anxious about the decline of values in America? You can do something through prayer and sacrifice. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently set forth a simple means to preserve Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty which are “not only foundational to Catholic teaching but also fundamental to the good of society.” Find more at the USCCB website here.
Keeping it real and honest — While these may seem a tall order, remember to take small steps. Little by little, step by step, more and more.
Virtues in Vogue — Willpower, the strength to act in an intentional way, despite our moods or undesired circumstances. Be patient! Willpower is not forged overnight with one or two grand, heroic actions. Build the “will power” muscle in your faith life through time, patience and constant repetition.
And what is God putting on your heart for the new year? Order in the court! Lisa shared that the word for the year at the Das Schmidt Haus is order. Stay tuned we discover Julie’s virtue for the year. Have you picked a saint for the year? You can do so here.
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