Hello faithful friends and families! If you are looking for inspiration to live more liturgical lives with your family, I hope you find much inspiration here! In my desire to find something simple, beautiful, fresh and to the point with more variety, I created Liturgical Living. I wanted something that was more applicable to life and liturgical living than just a coloring page. Liturgical living is more than that, it is a lifestyle. It gives our lives so much more emphasis and focus on God. There is more to celebrate and to look forward to by creating fun traditions year after year. It gives the things of life a God centered purpose to foster a love with God and through the Liturgical Year. The years have been fruitful in producing fresh new ideas. It is such a blessing to weave my greatest passions of art and creativity, my children and homeschooling them, being a stay at home mom and our desire as a family to live more intentional lives for our Lord that make up Liturgical Living. I hope you enjoy it and all the new additions to come as so much is currently being added!
The greatest commandment is....“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself.”
"...I find no greater way of loving Christ than to live my life for Him, and I find no greater way of loving you, my neighbor, than to share my ideas, inspiration and ways of Liturgical Living with you!" -Ingrid Bernard
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
"Be the example you want your child to be. Be holy, as you want your child to be holy. What a beautiful thing to let our children inspire our holiness in being the example we what them to be. Through that children are such a gift of holiness." -Ingrid Bernard
Liturgical Living is a lifelong process that changes and grows along with the seasons of our lives. Each Liturgical season, Feast, Saint and month is intended to build on and grow on, intended to inspire you for more Liturgical Living little by little, feast by feast to encourage how we live our lives every day, and hopefully every moment for Christ with a vast array of creative ideas!
There is a saint we can celebrate, every day, in fact, there are many Saints you can celebrate each day that can be recognized within the faith. However, I have selected some of the most special and my most favorite Saints and days to be recognized and celebrated, so that each month we can look forward to Liturgical Living, not as a burden, but as something fun the family can look forward to year after year in creating rich Catholic traditions!
Like Saint Mother Theresa said, “Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today, let us begin.”
So, in the spirit of Saint Mother Teresa, let us begin Liturgical Living today!
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ADVENT, SAINT NICOLAS, THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, SAINT JUAN DIEGO, OUR LADY OF GUADELOUPE, OUR LADY OF LORETO, SAINT LUCY, THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD, CHRISTMAS, SAINT STEPHEN, FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOST HOLY NAME OF JESUS, EPIPHANY, ELIZABETH ANN SETON, BAPTISM OF THE LORD, RESPECT LIFe
CANDLEMAS, PRESENTATION OF BABY JESUS IN THE TEMPLE, OUR LADY OF LOURDES, SAINT VALENTINE, SHROVE TUESDAY
ASH WEDNESDAY AND BEGINNING OF LENT, SAINT FRANCIS OF ROME, SAINT PATRICK, SOLEMNITY OF SAINT JOSEPH, SAINT BENEDICT, SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION
HOLY WEEK, PALM SUNDAY, HOLY THURSDAY, GOOD FRIDAY, EASTER
SAINT JOSEPH THE WORKER, MAY CROWNING, OUR LADY OF FATIMA, ASCENSION OF JESUS, PENTECOST, SAINT JOAN OF ARC, FEAST OF VISITATION BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
CORPUS CHRISTI, THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS,
SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA, SAINTS PETER AND PAUL
SAINT THOMAS THE APOSTLE, BLESSED PIER GORGIO, SAINT LOUIS AND SAINT ZÉLIE, SAINT VERONICA, SAINT KATERI TEKAKWITHA, SAINT MARTHA
SAINT MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA, OUR LADY OF SORROWS, EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS, SAINT PADRE PIO, SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL, FEAST OF THE ARCHANGELS
SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX, FEAST OF GUARDIAN ANGELS, SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI, SAINT FAUSTINA, SAINT TERESA OF AVILA, SAINT LUKE
ALL SAINTS DAY, ALL SOULS DAY, SAINT JOSEPHAT, SAINT ELIZABETH OF HUNGRY, THANKSGIVING, CHRIST THE KING, SAINT ANDREW
I am continuously adding a lifetime of ideas and experiences as I find time...As a busy homeschooling mom, putting it all in this website takes time!
Thank you for your patience as I edit and add to this website. Liturgical Living is growing every day! Faith, creativity, fun, and family are my thing, I am human and perfect editing is not always my main thing!
As a new mom many years ago, I realized the importance, impact and grandeur of getting in the right mindset to find the most meaningful Catholic traditions. We were starting our own family, and we wanted to make sure that we were intentional about living our faith. Little by little Liturgical Living was forming and growing in our family. As a military family, we have been so incredibly blessed to make many incredible, faithful and inspirational friends along the way in each state and community! Getting to experience what we call several lifetimes of experiences and friends, I feel like we are all called to share the Lord with others. This is a way in which I can do that!
I read “Building Better Families” by the wonderful Matthew Kelly! There was 1 major thing I got out of this book as I was reading it when our first child was a baby. That “parenting” isn’t enough. We must parent towards something. We must have a family motto and go back to it in each decision. I would imagine that a Christian family is parenting for heaven, and so therefore all decisions would try and lead someone towards doing what is holy. We are the “leaders” of our children. Like leaders in this world, they are all leading towards a goal, whether it is freedom, communism, or all in between. As Christin parents, we lead with the goal of getting ourselves and our children into heaven. What does that look like? It looks consistent. It looks holy. It looks pleasing to God. Also, it looks counter cultural these days, so we need to anchor ourselves in Christ for His strength to sometimes be what others would call so radical!...so radically in love with God!
Take Christmas for example. I think about how there is such a large percentage of adults that get depression around the holidays. I feel so certain that much of it has to do with the fact that they were given this false reality from the beginning of their memories. Christmas was about awaiting the coming of Santa. Be good for Santa. In so many ways, Santa has become God like. I know this sounds like a radical stance, but as a society our faith and reverence has been on a major decline, and anything to make a difference to get out of the pagan ways that do not foster belief and reverence in our Lord is a bonus. Given the 2 options, do the pagan thing, or tell your kids that Jesus’s Birthday is the biggest party of the year where everyone gets presents and is the most important birthday to celebrate. Advent is a countdown to the best birthday party! These truths can foster humility and love for our Lord… that the world does not revolve around your child, and that Jesus is more important than them! Then from the very beginning we give them the full truth! The countdown to the biggest and best birthday party of the year is super exciting! This sounds so countercultural, and it is. Our culture is pagan. Christmas has become a pagan holiday glorifying Santa and winter wonderland and it has lost its meaning in the world. When we open our eyes to how the world has capitalized on this in a major way and taken it as their own and taken Jesus out of it, that is something to be alarmed about. That is something that needs to be changed, if raising our children to be faithful is important, then we need to put Jesus back into all the things where He has been sidelined in big way to counteract this. To be more than just a Christian, but rather a Christian in every aspect of our lives, is rather countercultural, so it takes strength, convictions, and literally living for God, and not for others. When we live to impress others, we have a difficult time living for God. When we care what others think, then others sway what we do, and so our souls are swayed. However, if we do all for God, meaning, trying to always do the right thing according to God’s ways, then we can live knowing that we have the ultimate approval, His approval and nothing tops that for feeling satisfied with a content heart and mind. So, who and what are we living for. If everything points to God, then heaven.
I love to read spiritual books, and I read a lot! Years ago, I read “Discovering God Together, The guide to Raising Faithful Kids” by Dr. Gregory & Lisa Popcak. I read something that changed me forever that I had never really seen in writing before. I read that often we make living and practicing the faith ridged, and this turns kids…and anyone off. This made me rethink how to live the faith. Faith should be refreshing, joyful, loving, and capturing all those feelings of God our creator, purity, beauty and love. I realized that many of my feelings of living liturgically felt ridged at times, and I was so refreshed to get out of that and let my creativity and the talents God gave me be given back to him and others to glorify Him, and what a gift it has been for the family. I am so excited to share Liturgical Living with you, and so much more as I am always adding! God Bless.
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