The Passion of the Infant Christ

by Caryll Houselander I first heard of Caryll Houselander when her reflections would pop up at the end of the daily readings in Magnificat. I don't think there has been even one of her reflections that didn't speak to me and escape being torn out and taped into my prayer journal. I bought two of…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 21

The Maccabees Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               A wicked Greek man named Antiochus Epiphanes came to power and tried to undo all the hard work of the Returnees.  He destroyed the wall they’d built, desecrated the temple and ordered that any found copies of the Torah were to be…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 19

Exile - The Southern Kingdom Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               The Jews in Babylonian captivity remained faithful to God and the law by praying and very strictly observing the dietary laws of the Torah.  God rewarded them with his protection.  He allowed Daniel to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams, saved his three…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 16

Israel and the Assyrian Conquest Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):   The Northern Tribes (now called Israel) had a famously bad king named Ahab who chased after idolatry like the captain with the same name chased after his white whale.  The prophet Elijah turned the hearts of Israel back to…