Pre-Holiday Links and Resources -Advent 2018 and Christmas

With Thanksgiving this week, Advent is following quickly behind it!

But besides the busy preparation for Christmas, there are a lot of things we can do to really observe the season of Advent! Over the years I have collected links and resources for the holidays that I thought would help me and my family prepare our hearts and spirits to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus.  I haven't done everything on this list.  Some of it is a wish list, but there was something in every link that I thought was worthwhile.




Perhaps first on the list is actually getting our homes ready for the holidays:
Holiday Grand Plan or join their Yahoo Group E-mail List Declutter and Clean!
Also DeClutter and Organize on Facebook. 

and get your planner ready~  Advent and Christmas Planner from Catholic Icing or Advent Planner from Wildflower and Marbles. 

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The Feast of Juan Diego

Juan Diego



Juan Diego (b 1474)  was an Aztec Indian originally named Cuahtlatoatzin, which means, "The one who speaks like an eagle." 

It is said that even before the apparitions, Juan Diego was a pious and holy Christian, as was his wife.  They converted to the faith around 1525 and were baptized by one of the first Franciscan missionary priests, Father Peter deGrand.  Juan Diego was 50.  Although his wife, Maria Lucia died two years before the apparitions, the story goes that she wove the tilma that her husband wore during his visits with the Blessed Mother.  So in a way, Maria Lucia was part of the miracle as well.

Juan Diego was a poor Indian, of the lowest class in the Aztec Empire.  He referred to himself as a ""I am a nobody, I am a small rope, a tiny ladder, the tail end, a leaf" when talking to Our Lady and to the Bishop.

When they church proceeded with a formal investigation into the events surrounding Our Lady of Guadalupe, it came out that Juan Diego was a very devoted and religious man. He would walk 14 miles from his village to receive his religious instruction in bare feet and thin clothing.


What I find particularly heartening is that this wonder occurred to him when he was 57 years old. Juan Diego moved into a room of the chapel where his tilma was displayed and lived to the age of 74. He is an inspiration to those of us of limited means and at the other end of life that we are still called to do great love and a life of holiness.

Juan Diego was canonized on July 31, 2002.  He is the patron saint of indigenous people.


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More good Juan Diego Links on Diigo

Updated from 2014 and 2016


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