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St. Benedict and the Spirit of Community

St. Benedict and the Spirit of Community

Whether you’ve read The Benedict Option or not, there is a good chance you’ve heard of it or even had a discussion about it. This book written by Rod Dreher has spurred many important discussions on how we as Christians should build community. It has also brought Saint Benedict of Nursia and monasticism into the mainstream conversation among Christians. What Dreher is describing is real […]

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 […]

Byzconsin!

Byzconsin!

Three and a half years have now passed since we moved from the High Desert in sunny California to the farm country of crisp and cold Wisconsin. Time has gone by quickly and life has been interesting–full of surprises, both good and bad. You know how we pray to live in peace and repentance during the Divine Liturgy? Well I […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Love is a Call to Action

Lessons From A Monastery: Love is a Call to Action

What does it mean to partake of the life of the Holy Trinity? What does it mean to have communion with God? Think of a married couple. In this marriage, the couple fulfills all their duties. They are good to each other, respectful. They build a home where all obligations on both sides are met. There is even love for […]

Our First Year of Blogging Down!

Our First Year of Blogging Down!

We have now passed our first year of blogging!!! We didn’t kill each other or file for divorce though it was scary a few times along the way!!! Thank you to everyone who has encouraged us and has taken the time to read what we share. We know there are a lot of wonderful things you can spend your time […]

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 […]

Our Icon Corner

Our Icon Corner

We just wanted to share a quick post with pictures of our prayer room after the kids decorated for Pentecost. We used Lilacs and Bridal Wreath, which is growing in our yard, to make a garland for home and the Pentecost icon at church. Then the kids tucked the sweet flowers around our icons. It’s always nice for the kids […]

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