I'm launching a new virtual gathering for anyone who wants to create in the midst of daily life, between work and family. Create in the Chaos is a series of hour-long sessions on the writing life, designed for parents (but open to anyone whose life feels too full for creative pursuits). I want to encourage you, answer your questions about the writing/publishing/speaking worlds, and help you build community with others who can support your work. Monthly mentoring sessions including presentation, discussion, and Q&AResource sheets with books, websites, and creators for more inspirationTopics drawn from your questions: how to get started & keep goingOptional small groups to create your own communitySliding scale fees & scholarships availableBundle discount: get all 3 sessions for $75 (or $30 each) Whether you want inspiration to get started—or practical steps to make writing/speaking your career—Create in the Chaos can help you. You’ll get new perspectives and … [Read more...] about Create in the Chaos: want to join me?
Want to learn how to introduce Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to your kids at home? Here’s my background: Over the past year I’ve shared about our family’s home atrium on Instagram (part 1 and part 2) and in my Holy Labor newsletter (here). After I completed Level I training in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), I felt drawn to offer a version of this Montessori-based method of faith formation to my own children—as I hope to help start an atrium in our parish one day, too. Turns out the pandemic brought me that unexpected opportunity as our kids were home all the time! Over the past two years, I’ve been introducing our kids to the beauty of CGS, making materials, and learning about the joys (and challenges) of being a catechist for one’s own children. Readers have asked me to share about our experience of building a home atrium, so I wanted to compile this collection of ideas and resources that might help others. A few important notes before we … [Read more...] about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: our home atrium
The loss of a child is a devastating grief. Mothers often grieve silently. If we have other living children, our lives are still full with their needs. If we do not, the world does not see us as a mother. Either way, we are often urged—even by well-meaning friends or family—to keep our grief quiet and hidden. But our love is enormous. So we cry in the shower or wail into the closet. We mourn alone: in the car, on a run, in the pew or at the grave. We learn to put on a bright face, because the world cheers bravery. We rarely get the chance to sit with our grief and stare it full in the face. To learn from the lessons our love still waits to teach us. To bring our whole selves to God—in love, in anger, in doubt, in hope. To discover more of the mystery of faith within the pain and paradox of loss. To honor the holy, hard, heartbreaking truth that we will always be a mother of the child we lost, even if no one else knows their name. Over the years I have listened … [Read more...] about An Oasis for the Grieving
Myrrhbearers is a mouthful of a word. It makes you pause in wonder. What could it hold? How could it hold you? I discovered the Myrrhbearers from the Magi. As I worked on my Epiphany retreat, I delighted in digging down theological rabbit holes. Researching the meaning of myrrh was one I couldn’t resist. What was the symbolism of the gifts the magi brought? Where did myrrh come from? What was it used for? Suddenly a strange word appeared on my screen: Myrrhbearers. Icons and imagery abounded, showing the holy women who brought oil and spices to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body. I dove into the rich tradition of Orthodox Christianity around the Myrrhbearers, and how this group of saints is honored each Easter. But beyond the history and art and spirituality, the word itself grabbed me. The more I learned about the Myrrhbearers, the more I saw the word as a gift in itself. I wanted to dwell with it and dive into the stories of the women and men who bear this holy name. … [Read more...] about a Lenten retreat with the Myrrhbearers