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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 […]

Community: The Gift of Witness

Community: The Gift of Witness

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” Hebrews 12:1-2 Recently, I shared some thoughts on what it means to live in […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Chastity and the Eschaton

Lessons From A Monastery: Chastity and the Eschaton

“Thus monastic chastity is completed in love, just as the sacrament of marriage is consummated in love.” —Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Of all the monastic virtues I have written about so far, monastic Chastity (celibacy) most often makes religious life and married life seem worlds apart. AsPatriarch Bartholomew once said, “It is, therefore, unfortunate that centuries of negative connotations ascribed to […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Becoming a Christian

Lessons From A Monastery: Becoming a Christian

All you who have been Baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia! The gathering of friends and family around the baptismal font are the happiest moments and most important ones in a Christian’s life. My newborn daughter was recently baptized, chrismated, (confirmed) and given her first communion. Serafina’s godfather flew to Wisconsin from California for the event and we […]

Serafina’s Baptism, Chrismation, and First Communion

Serafina’s Baptism, Chrismation, and First Communion

Recently our new baby Serafina was baptized. The day was perfect and filled with such joy, as all baptism days are. Little Sera was also chrismated (confirmed) and received the Eucharist. For those not aware, the Eastern Catholic church gives all three sacraments of initiation at once. I wrote an article explaining the Eastern practice which you can read here. In […]

by · July 7, 2015 · 5 comments · Family, monks, Sacraments
Lessons From A Monastery: Why a Habit?

Lessons From A Monastery: Why a Habit?

“The Habit brought the Church to life.” —Brian Plum Of all the outward signs of religious practices, the wearing of the habit is the most visual and also the one with the most wonder, questions, and controversy surrounding it. Seeing a nun in her full habit can conjure up strong feelings from childhood, remind a person of God’s nearness, or […]

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 […]

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