Tuesday, November 29, 2011
That "Crazy-Religious" Relative
I sent out my Christmas cards very early this year- two days after Thanksgiving to be exact. The reason is because I am that "crazy- religious" relative- or that is what I'm sure everyone is thinking right now.
Last year was the first year my family did the St. Andrew Novena which starts on November 30th and not-so-coincidentally, it was the most meaningful Christmas I've every experienced. I wrote about it here.
Ever since, I've been trying to spread this special devotion to everyone I know. So, naturally, I included little novena cards with every Christmas card this year. I had to get them out early before the novena would start. All the while, I second guessed myself thinking: is this too tacky? What am I- a religious order?? Only religious orders send prayer cards in the mail... I'm not even consecrated!
I'm pretty sure everyone already knew I was a "crazy-religious" person, but just in case they didn't- the cat's out of the bag. It might be a little strange to include something like this in a Christmas card, but in the end, it's not about me. If one relative reads the prayer and has a more meaningful Christmas, it will all be worth it.
In case you are not on my Christmas card list, here is a link to a beautiful printable prayer card that Lena from Joy Filled Family made for you.
Also, here is the story that I have shared before of Julie Cragon's powerful testemony of the St. Andrew Novena. I know there are many other miracles out there associated with this prayer- maybe there is even one waiting for you this year. Have a blessed Advent!