I scrolled through Instagram last night before bed and was overwhelmed by the beautiful pictures of Advent wreaths posted by my Catholic mom friends. This was after, of course, I had perused an article penned by a veteran Catholic parent outlining all the meaningful traditions implemented in her home.
It happens to me every year. Somewhere right before mass on the first Sunday of Advent and after my frantic search for my Advent wreath, I compare my efforts to form my family during Advent against another family’s efforts. (With the ubiquitous nature of the Internet, comparisons like these are so much easier nowadays.) And after I note the multiple ways the other family is winning at Catholic family life, I feel like a complete failure because….well, let me count the ways.
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