A few links to articles that can help us love more intentionally with our children!
10 Signs of Love by Darcia Narvaez. An exquisite but brief exploration into the nature of real love. “Love is … not a choice, or a dream, or a romantic novel. It’s a fact: an empirical fact about our biological existence. We are born into relationships with people and with places. We are born with the ability to create new relationships and tend to them. And we are born with a powerful longing for these relations. That complex connectedness nourishes and shapes us and gives us joy and purpose.”
Does Pregnancy Make You More Stupider? Yup, it seems we lose some cognitive ability when pregnant and that our brains might actually . . . shrink! Aaagh! In this article, Gwen Dewar tries to explain why that may be the case and she offers some suggestions for boosting brain power during pregnancy. Take care of yourselves, mommies!
Should Catholics Celebrate Halloween? Here’s a great, balanced article on Halloween. “Every year, a debate rages among Catholics and other Christians: Is Halloween a satanic holiday or merely a secular one? Should Catholic children dress up like ghosts and goblins? Is it good for children to be scared? Lost in the debate is the history of Halloween, which, far from being a pagan religious event, is actually a Christian celebration that’s almost 1,300 years old.”
All Hallows Eve by Mary Reed Newland. This is an excerpt from Newland’s classic family faith book The Year and Our Children. “One of the nicest surprises of living around the year with the Church is to find that Halloween is part of it. Not that the Mass of the day has mention of black cats, or the Divine Office of witches, but for so long Halloween meant nothing but parties and vandalism that when someone first proposed that it came out of the liturgy, I asked: ‘Are you sure?'”
All Saints Day Scavenger Hunt: Jessica over at Shower of Roses has a fun All Saints scavenger hunt!