"These manifold evils in the world are due to the fact that the majority of men have thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives; that these have no place either in private affairs or in politics: and that as long as individuals and states refuse to submit to the rule of our Savior, there will be no hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations."
Only Christ, the Prince of Peace, is able to restore in the heart of human society the reign of justice, love and peace which has been shattered by sin and by the rejection—public and private—of God's law. That is why we must work every day to establish the "peace of Christ through the reign of Christ," that is to say the fruitful union of faith and of the fatherland, the Church and the State."
Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Quas Primas on the social Kingship of Christ.
What can we as Catholic families do in the ever increasing troublesome and demonic world that we live in?
Keep to our duty in our state of life.
Keep our peace of soul.
Keep busy with raising our children for the Glory of God and their salvation.
These are the Golden Nights, the novena leading up until Christmas. At our home we begin the Golden Nights when we begin the O Antiphons. We add golden metal leaves (easy to find at resale shops) to our Advent wreath. I also have a golden cloth I will add. I look for golden things throughout the year while I am at resale shops to add to our decorations at this time of the year. My eventual goal is to have something to add every night that leads from now up until Christmas.
It is just another way to help the children realize how extraordinary the feast of Christmas is, and how much we must do to prepare our hearts for the graces God wants to give us at this special time.
I made these tonight in about 1/2 hour. They are made from a felted wool sweater and lined with calico scraps.
Our bedrooms are a bit chilly because we are only using our cookstove for heat, and the heat is mostly in the main rooms of the house. I already have the toddler in woolie pants for bedtime, and these will be good for keeping the tiny feet toasty when she kicks her covers off every night.
I think these would be very easy to make in leather.