Great Lent

The Nostalgia of Lent

The Nostalgia of Lent

We are at the end of the first week of Great Lent. Every year, the season of Lent can be wildly different. Some easier than others. Some not at all what I expected. This year I see some new dynamics in our family; I see joy and nostalgia. My twenty-year-old, Scarlett, told me this is the most nostalgic time of […]

Enchiladas and Forgiveness Sunday

Enchiladas and Forgiveness Sunday

Tomorrow is Cheesefare and Forgiveness Sunday; the day before Clean Monday which begins Great Lent for Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Christians. I just finished making two trays of cheese and onion enchiladas. The red sauce is one I have been making for years; the recipe was my grandmother’s. I decided on making my grandmother’s cheese enchiladas for Sunday’s church potluck […]

Fast Friendly Recipes from the Monastery and My Home

Fast Friendly Recipes from the Monastery and My Home

It’s fairly common for Eastern Christians to have a regular potluck or social hour after Sunday liturgy or after one of the Presanctified Liturgies during Great Lent. We have been having regular Sunday potluck at the monastery for what seems like forever now! Father Moses and I have been planning meals, swapping recipes, and commiserating during Lent about “what to […]

Fasting As A Family: A Giveaway and Book Review!

Fasting As A Family: A Giveaway and Book Review!

O, how I wish I had this book, Fasting As A Family by Melissa Naasko, when we first started fasting about 18 years ago–WISH! It could’ve helped me to worry less during Lent and the other fasts about ‘what on earth will I cook,’ ‘what will I pack my husband to eat for lunch,’ and ‘are the kids getting enough protein.’ […]

Clean Monday and Clean Fridges–A new series by a friend

Our good friend, Melissa Naasko, has started a new series about Eastern Catholicism and she also has a book about fasting coming out next month. We highly recommend you check out her new article. Clean Monday and Clean Fridges “It is nearly Lent again and Roman Catholics have fish on their minds. The world sits up and takes notice and […]

Latest funny things my kids said and random Lent and Pascha thoughts…

Latest funny things my kids said and random Lent and Pascha thoughts…

  So life has been really crazy as of late. Throw in the busiest time of year and a new baby on the way and well it is no wonder I am still mentally processing the latest happenings and still physically recovering from it all. I am sure I am not the only one feeling like that. Anyway, writing helps […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Joy!

Lessons From A Monastery: Joy!

“O women, be the heralds of good news and tell what you saw; tell of the vision and say to Sion: ‘Accept the good news of joy from us, the news that Christ has risen.’ Exult and celebrate and rejoice, O Jerusalem, seeing Christ the King coming from the tomb like a bridegroom.”    -Matins of the Resurrection I remember in […]

My Children’s Thoughts On The Great Canon

My Children’s Thoughts On The Great Canon

    I grew up in a protestant home. Because of that I always find it interesting to see my own children’s faith growing and their reaction to things. Growing up in the Eastern Church is definitely different then coming into it. I often have to remind myself that this world is all my children know; they never knew life […]

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