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Building Catholic Family Traditions [Paperback]

By Thomas Paul Thigpen (Author), Leisa Thigpen (Author) & Paul Thigpen (Author)
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Pages   167
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   0.41 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1999
Publisher   Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN  0879736860  
EAN  9780879736866  

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Hundreds of practical suggestions for building meaningful and ethnically diverse customs in Catholic homes. These step-by-step strategies for creating secular and sacred traditions for modern families are both time and budget friendly.

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Nothing keeps a family together like family traditions -- even if you have to start your own. Here's a cornucopia of ideas for creating meaningful customs in your home.

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Paul Thigpen, Ph.D. is an award winning journalist and the best selling author of more than twenty-five books including a Dictionary of Quotes from the Saints (Servant, 2001), Blood of the Martyrs and Seed of the Church (Servant, 2001). He is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University also holds a doctorate in historical theology from Emory University.

Thomas Paul Thigpen currently resides in Savannah, in the state of Georgia. Thomas Paul Thigpen was born in 1954.

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Full of ideas   May 10, 2006
This lovely book would be a wonderful gift for Catholic newlyweds, for adults who have just entered the Church, or for any family looking for practical ideas on on cementing family bonds through the cultivation and practice of meaningful traditions. It's brimming with ideas covering everything from the liturgical year, Mass and prayer, to seasonal and birthday celebrations, to traditions designed to "honor and serve one another in the home."

The introductory chapter offers this example of a simple holiday tradition, then builds on why such things are vital for family life:

"Somewhere between the last bite of the cornbread dressing and the first bite of the pecan pie -- that's when the basket is passed around each year at our family's Thanksgiving meal. No, we don't take up a collection to pay for the turkey. Instead, we ask everyone present to drop in the basket one at a time the three small kernels of dried corn we've placed beside each dinner plate. With each kernel, we have them give one reason why they're thankful that day.
It's a small holiday habit, yet we never cease to be deeply moved by the results. Most often each speaker thanks God for someone else present while misty eyes around the table begin to glimmer in the candlelight. And when the guests go home in the evening, they inevitably comment: 'I want to do that again next year.'
This simple practice requires almost no preparation or expense. But its rewards continue long after the meal is over, rippling out from our table into other homes as well. Such is the power and blessing of a meaningful family tradition."

The book is a practical, useful, and sweet guide to starting, or adding on to, your family's rituals. As the authors note in the introduction, "Traditions reveal the significance of our lives."

It's worth the effort it takes to make those traditions come alive. They strengthen our families, and, as Pope John Paul II reminded us:

"the family has the mission to guard, reveal and communicate love, and this is a living reflection of and a real sharing in God's love for humanity and the love of Christ the Lord for the Church His bride." ~~ Familiaris Consortio

Building family traditions isn't something we do only to have a happier home life ... it is something we do to build up the Body of Christ.
useless  Jun 16, 2004
This book is a complete waste of time. It provides nothing that rudimentary common sense wouldn't tell you. For example, in the chapter on traditions based on the sacraments, it tells you that it's traditional to have a party to celebrate a baptism. In the section on other family events, it tells you that following a sporting event your child is in, you should take a picture--and, if the picture is nice, you should frame it. As if people don't do this anyway. Even more annoying are sections based on their own family "traditions", e.g., writing down the cute mistakes kids make when trying to pronounce words--and then they spend two pages listing examples of the cute mistakes their own kids have made. Does this really help the reader? Not to mention the fact that I don't think they know what "tradition" means. Sending a care package to a kid going off to college is NOT a tradition (it IS a nice thing to do, but that's not why I bought this book). I wanted a book on traditional ways to celebrate the liturgical year, and this provided absolutely no help.

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