Archive for May, 2015

Getting ready for Pentecost!

Getting ready for Pentecost!

  Sunday is Pentecost so we planted Celosia in a planter for our prayer table. We planted Celosia because it looks like little flames of fire. I had Lucas, Sal, and Marina help me plant them and while digging in the dirt and planting the little flames we discussed the Feast of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit. Saturday afternoon I plan […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Building a Christian Community

Lessons From A Monastery: Building a Christian Community

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” —Dorothy Day In a religious community you will find people from all different walks of life, different cultures, and backgrounds. These Christians come together to form a new family of God’s, a community of believers, working together […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Becoming a Better Mother

Lessons From A Monastery: Becoming a Better Mother

“Love God, serve God: everything is in that.” —St. Clare of Assisi Originally, I didn’t plan on writing this lesson. However, I am sitting next to my newborn baby girl (she is eleven days old) and reflecting on being a mother, and thinking about how much my faith has changed and shaped the person I am. When I first became […]

Seeing the Beauty Around Us

Seeing the Beauty Around Us

The word beauty has been on my mind for awhile now. I think it started with Holy Friday.  One of the lines from the Lamentations during Holy Friday always, every year, gets stuck in some of the kids heads and for weeks and weeks they will go around singing it, “Oh my sweetest springtime, oh my sweetest offspring, where has […]

What’s In a Name: Welcoming Our New Baby!

What’s In a Name: Welcoming Our New Baby!

Our baby is finally here! On May 6th little Serafina Xenia Joanna was born! Thanks be to God everything went well. So many people prayed for us during the pregnancy and delivery, we can’t express how grateful we are for all the prayers. With all of the health issues and surgeries I went through during this pregnancy, labor day felt […]

by · May 15, 2015 · 4 comments · Family, Saints, Traditions
Every Home A Monastery Podcast

Every Home A Monastery Podcast

Catholic Exchange Editor Michael Lichens interviewed me for the CE podcast. We forgot to share it on our blog because last Wednesday I gave birth to our little daughter Serafina! I’ll be posting some pics of the new baby very soon! For now here is the description and link to the podcast for those interested. Every Home a Monastery: An Interview […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Learning to Love Mary

Lessons From A Monastery: Learning to Love Mary

“… O all-pure Mother of God, cease not seeking your children who are lost; that we may treasure Christ in our hearts, and find eternally our Father’s House.” -From the tropar for the Mother of God, Searcher for the Lost Occasionally, Roman Catholics who are not familiar with Eastern Catholic/Orthodox traditions will ask us why we don’t pray the rosary […]

Monks in the Media and a Podcast

Monks in the Media and a Podcast

Here are a few things we thought you’d enjoy: First, Abbot Nicholas of Holy Resurrection Monastery has recorded five episodes on EWTN’s Women of Grace show, this is the description from the show: In his apostolic letter, Light of the East, St. John Paul II exhorts us to look to the Eastern Church of our Catholic tradition to find there […]

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