Category Archives: spiritual practices

Giving thanks or saying grace at mealtimes - sacraparental

9 Ways to Give Thanks or ‘Say Grace’ at Mealtimes

An earlier version of this article appeared in my column at Kiwi Families. What are mealtimes like at your place? Do you have family ways of serving, eating or talking together? Would you like some fresh ideas to make the most of the gift of family meals? Here are some ideas for giving thanks at […]

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How to create a Lent plan for your household

Lent with Kids: How to Create a Household Lent Plan

In 2017, Lent begins Wednesday, 1 March We’re spoilt by the church calendar at this time of year! We’ve just had four weeks of candle-lighting at Advent, culminating, in our household, with this delightful moment on Christmas Day:     Now we’re coming to the end of the two-week Christmas season, and then it’s only […]

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Advent with Kids: Get Yourselves a Christmas@Home Family Activity Booklet

This is excellent, peeps! The wise and hard-working women at New Zealand Baptist Children and Family Ministries have produced a fantastic Advent resource for families to use through December at home. It’s called Christmas @ Home and I warmly recommend it.   It isn’t a do-one-every-day kind of Advent journey. Rather, it’s a vibrant collection of ideas to […]

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What we’re doing this Advent: 6 households share their plans and traditions

Wow. I asked around to see what people are planning for Advent this year, and look what I got! Lego! Candles! Chocolate coins in shoes! I have spent the evening wrangling a non-sleeping baby (very smiley and cheeky, playing with toys on the bed beside me and blowing raspberries non-stop for half an hour) and […]

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Advent in Art with He Qi: Annunciation

Happy Advent, everyone! A warm welcome to this year’s Advent in Art series, where we join thousands of others in contemplating artistic works while we wait, wait, wait for Christmas. Advent in Art 2014: Featuring artist He Qi He Qi is one of my favourite artists, so I’m particularly excited that this year’s Advent in […]

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The Sacrament of Breastfeeding #6: Mastitis and the Trinity

Welcome! This is a reworking of an earlier post, from March 2013 (just so I’m not soliciting undue sympathy: I’m fine now!).  Being a woman equals being in community. The same might feel true for men (I hope it does), but I can’t write that blog post, being in possession, as I am, of two […]

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The Sacrament of Breastfeeding #4: Mary and Jesus

We don’t know for sure that Mary was a breastfeeding mother, but it seems a reasonable inference. In a time before formula and modern medical care, she would have had few other options, and if she or someone else hadn’t breastfed Jesus he would almost certainly have died in infancy, from malnourishment or water-borne disease, […]

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The Sacrament of Housework #5: My 6 Best Housekeeping Tips (and lots more of yours, please)

This is part of an occasional series mining the mundane to find the sacred. For a list of the posts in the series, head here. If I never had to do housework again, that really would be fine by me. But I like our dishes and clothes to be clean; a tidy house is restful […]

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