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Final Thoughts on the Ancient Faith Conference

Final Thoughts on the Ancient Faith Conference

I recently shared some thoughts about the Ancient Faith Writing Conference. Well, there is so much to share that I have two more perspectives for you! My experience as a mother of a writer, and my experience as a writer: A Mother of a Writer My oldest daughter, Scarlett is also a writer. She is going to Lakeland University for […]

Thoughts on Large Families, Saintly Patience, and Being a SAHM

Thoughts on Large Families, Saintly Patience, and Being a SAHM

I was chatting with a lady today who was shocked that I am pregnant with baby number ten (most people are). Our conversation was typical for the way these kind of interactions go: Nice Lady: Wow. Number ten! You must have the patience of a saint! Me: No, not really. Nice Lady: No, really you must. Me: No, honestly I […]

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 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 […]

Guiding Our Children to Discover Their Vocation

Guiding Our Children to Discover Their Vocation

We all know there is a vocations crisis in the Church. We have a shortage of priests, deacons, and religious. Fewer people than ever want to get married or stay married (I would also add, there is a shortage of single people who are living out holy lives). To add to the problem, there is a lot of talk about discerning one’s […]

Pope: Mary and Joseph exemplify mission, vocation of family life

Pope: Mary and Joseph exemplify mission, vocation of family life

Pope: Mary and Joseph exemplify mission, vocation of family life by Elise Harris Vatican City, Dec 17, 2014 / 05:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke today about Jesus’ choice to be born into a family, saying that it shows the importance of the vocation, which Mary and Joseph epitomized through their everyday holiness. “We can learn so much from […]

Little acts of love, kindness and faith add up to holiness, pope says

From Pope Francis: All Christians are called to holiness and to take even little steps each day to be more loving and more Christ-like, Pope Francis said. “Some think that holiness is closing your eyes and making the face of a plastic statue, but that’s not holiness,” the pope said Nov. 19 at his weekly general audience. Holiness is something […]

Why Every Home is a Monastery Part 2: Patriarch Bartholomew on Marriage and Monasticism

Why Every Home is a Monastery Part 2: Patriarch Bartholomew on Marriage and Monasticism

Many people think monasticism and marriage are very different vocations and very far from one another. Years of knowing monastics and being a part of the extended community of a monastery has taught us differently. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in his book Encountering the Mystery gives a lovely and thought provoking description of monasticism and marriage, he says: “Thus monastic chastity […]

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