"Practicing traditions like the chalking of the doors helps us to live our Faith more concretely and serve as an outward sign of our dedication to Our Lord. Our homes are also the place where many of us will make the greatest strides in our spiritual growth, through observance of daily prayer, spiritual reading, and work offered as an oblation to God. The chalking of the doors of a home encourages Christians to dedicate their life at home to God and to others. Seeing the symbols over our doors can help to remind us, while passing in and out on our daily routines, that our homes and all those who dwell there belong to Christ. It also serves as a reminder of welcoming the Magi gave to Jesus. We should strive to be as welcoming to all who come to our homes to visit us!"
So, this year we decided to do this. After this Sunday's Mass, we came home, got the chalk, our bottle of Holy Water, and a printed-our prayer. I lit a "Jesus, Mary, Joseph" stick of incense, and we went outside to our front porch and chalked the door. Paul held Tyler up on his shoulder so Tyler could chalk the door. We said the prayers and sprinkled some Holy Water. I like this ritual!