Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~

Monday, January 2, 2012

Catholic 12 Days Of Christmas~(Days 9 & 10)

Day 9 (January 2):
Feast of St. Basil the Great & St. Gregory Nazianzen

Read and Reflect upon the Saints for today who had a well-known and admirable friendship.  Discuss qualities that make a good friend.  How can we be a good friend to others?
 How can we be a good friend to our siblings and those in our own home???

Respond by reaching out to a friend.  Make a point to let your friends know how much they mean to you.  A tangible action can be made by writing Christmas Thank You Notes:)

Pray the 2nd Joyful Mystery of the Holy Rosary, The Visitation.  Meditate on Mary's gift of charity to her cousin Elizabeth and offer up your friends and all of their intentions.

Day 10 (January 3):
The Most Holy Name of Jesus

Read and Reflect on the Holy Name of Jesus.  We will be using this booklet but there are also many online resources, some good ones listed over at Joyfilled Family.

Respond:  with a craft or project to honor the name of Jesus.  We found this neat idea over at Bible Story Printables, where you can print colored or black and white Names of Jesus Ornaments to hang or place in a binder.
They have even included scripture versus to find all of the names of Jesus in the Bible!  We are thinking about making a fireplace garland to hang through the Presentation of the Lord on February 2 and work on looking up each name in the Bible over the next few weeks!  I'm looking forward to this:)

*Since January is also dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus, we will also work on memorizing this scripture: 
"At the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, of those in heaven and earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."~Phil 2:10-11~

Last year we made a Holy Name of Jesus plaque for our liturgical door wreath and this yummy breakfast snack:)  This yummy pizza was also a lunchtime hit!

Pray:  The Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus


  1. I really do like the way you planned and organized your 12 days of Christmas. Not having planned well this year makes me feel like we have missed something. I think we will use your ideas for today and write thank-you notes and pray the 2nd joyful mystery.

  2. The kids really enjoyed the poem/prayer you posted the other day. We intend to use that at the start of each school day throughout the month of January. All of these ideas that you put up are such great reflections, Tiffany!

  3. I love your plaque from last year. and garland !@!! I love this idea of making ornaments to string from the fireplace mantel with all the names of jesus. what a great idea. don't forget to include "FRIEND" as one of those names, in keeping with your theme for the day! :)

  4. Patty, I'm so glad you found the New Year prayer useful. As a blogger,any time you post something that's helpful to others is a success:) Laurie, don't feel bad. This is our first year really making much out of the 12 days of Christmas, ourselves. Gardenia, thanks for your appreciation of my crafting efforts;)


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