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In This House of Brede–The Liturgical Seasons

In This House of Brede–The Liturgical Seasons

I have a new gem to share with you from In This House of Brede. It’s about the liturgical seasons and how it entertains us. Following is a conversation between a new postulant and a nun, Dame Clare: “…very dear, though still exacting.” These words describe my feelings as we are at the beginning of Great Lent. I love the liturgical […]

Gems and Musings from This House of Brede–Whores and Tramps

Gems and Musings from This House of Brede–Whores and Tramps

I paused when I read this. It’s absolutely true, of course, and the same can be said about Eastern Orthodox churches. Let’s just look at the saints. Like Saint Mary of Egypt in the icon above or Saint Moses the Strong. Or some of the Fools for Christ, like Saint Basil the Blessed. A funny story about Saint Basil tells of […]

A Feast, a Birthday, and a New Book

A Feast, a Birthday, and a New Book

February 5th is the feast of the Theotokos the Searcher for the Lost. She is the patroness of Holy Resurrection Monastery, so we started the day with Divine Liturgy. February 5th is also our son Lorenzo’s birthday! This sweet little man is a joy for all of us. He is a great big brother to his two younger siblings, is […]

Gems and Musings from the House of Brede

Gems and Musings from the House of Brede

I have a new book on my list of favorites: In This House of Brede by Rummer Godden. It is a book beloved by many people. I’m not surprised to find myself enjoying the book, after all, it is about religion, nuns, and the everyday ordinary-extraordinary ins-and-outs of life at a Benedictine Abbey; It is the story of a Christian community.  […]

Motherhood as Ministry

Motherhood as Ministry

We have a guest post today from our friend Syra Divine. Syra is discussing the important topic of seeing our vocations as our ministry. I have known this beautiful woman for many years and have long admired her dedication to her mother, husband, children, and friends. She has also been an inspiration as a writer. You can find her blog here: […]

Large Family Outing–Our Trip to the Zoo

Large Family Outing–Our Trip to the Zoo

People often ask us questions about having a large family. We have ten kids (our eldest is 20). It’s on my writing to-do list to write more on the subject. I especially want to highlight the realities and real struggles of a big family along with the joys because I think a lot of people who haven’t grown up with […]

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Attitude of Gratitude Challenge: Day 9— Writing My Way to a More Thankful Heart

Attitude of Gratitude Challenge: Day 9— Writing My Way to a More Thankful Heart

I’m grateful for… Old Friends. The monks had a benefit concert, so the kids and I spent the afternoon and evening at the monastery. I spent a large part of the evening talking with Father Basil. It sounds silly to call him an old friend because he is more than a friend to me. I met him when I was 17, and […]

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Byzconsin: What I Miss on a Sunday Morning

Y’all are gonna think I’m crazy, but I have to say, I miss the hour plus drive we used to take to get to the Monastery back in California. Really, really miss it. Seriously.We are now down the road from the monastery like I wanted to be for years but Sunday mornings are just not the same without that drive.  […]

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