Second Sunday of Advent

Strength for the Family

“Not only should we speak words of praise and acceptance to a child, but also about a child. Whenever possible, , Mark and I mention the positive qualities of one sibling to another. We do it in those little ‘teaching moments’ that pop up every now and then, and it goes a long way in creating goodwill and mutual appreciation.” ~Strengthening Your Family: A Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home, Chapter Four: Absolutely, Positively

adventIt’s not only desirable to say nice things to the people in our lives; it’s also desirable to say nice things about them – to others. We so love to gossip, to be in on the down and dirty about everybody else. It makes us feel important, and as though we have the upper hand. Imagine how our families, our workplaces, our communities would be changed if we committed ourselves to seeing – and verbalizing – the good in others!

Straws for the Crib

Today, make it a point to notice something good about each person with whom you relate. Then, speak up about it to that person and to someone else.

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