Restless nights and welcome dawns: An Advent reflection

At this point during Advent, Gaudete Sunday, I always remember one particular early dawn. Or rather, how it felt to see that day dawn. It was the day our first child was born. I’d been admitted to hospital the afternoon before, to have labour induced. My mum and husband had stayed while I had dinner…

It’s Not Too Late to do Something Beautiful for Advent

We’re nearly getting into the week of the O Antiphons in the Divine Office, or daily prayer of the Catholic Church. They are the antiphons (short prayer or phrase), said just before the Magnificat from December 17 to December 23. I love these, they such a beautiful and deeply meaningful part of our Judeo-Christian story….

Admiring the Baby at Christmas

My column published recently in The Catholic Weekly. After Mass last Sunday, which was Gaudete Sunday, we met a woman carrying her newborn baby boy. Our eldest was delighted, and instantly wanted to touch him. Then, back home, she sighed, “I wish we had another baby”. It is interesting how people are naturally drawn to…

Merry Christmas!

To all my wonderful readers, this is just a quick note to say that I hope you had a happy Christmas day and continue to enjoy this great season! We’ve had three big days of Christmas parties with family and are today having a quiet one. I wish you all a happy and safe 2015. Thank…

Oh Christmas tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging.

  This is my column as published last week in The Catholic Weekly.   It’s taken a while but I think I have learned to embrace the mess that comes with having a brood of young children. Things that use to dismay me, like spilt milk at breakfast time, muddy footprints on just-mopped floors, and…

Celebrating the beautiful simplicity of Advent

This was published originally in The Catholic Weekly at the start of Advent.   With the start of Advent we begin a new Church year and it’s tempting to make some new year’s resolutions, starting with making this our family’s best Advent season ever. A quick look around the internet and talk to friends yields…