What does it mean to live justly in the world today? How does our faith invite us to work for peace and justice wherever we are - even at home? My friend Haley wrote a wonderful book on how her family embraced a counter-cultural lifestyle of seeking the Gospel more intentionally - The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture. Inspired by her example (and wishing I could have read her book years ago), I've been reflecting on how Catholic social teaching has informed and inspired our parenting in big and small ways. I hesitated to share this because we struggle daily with living out these parts of our faith. (I'd rather tell you to go read Haley's book instead!) But what I loved most about The Grace of Enough were the practical ideas to start small in your own life. When I shared these thoughts on Instagram, many of you asked if I'd be willing to write them up - so voila! If you'd like to read Haley's book, check out the bottom of the post for … [Read more...] about justice for us: Catholic social teaching at home
So what do you do after the hurricane hits? It’s a worthy question to ask. Because grief rocks everyone’s world, eventually. None of us gets out unscathed. (We just prefer to presume we might.) The question becomes: how do you find hope again, in life after loss? One unexpected gift of the past year was the chance to tackle grief and loss head-on. When my editor at Little Rock Scripture Study asked if I’d want to write again, I jumped at the chance. I wanted to stare Scripture straight in the face and ask how it could help me make sense of what happened to me—what happens to all of us. In this new short study, I wanted to do three things. Cross-examine common sayings that Christians pull out when someone is struggling. Understand what Jesus’ own suffering means for us. Look for a way forward that is true (and anything but trite). So here it is: Dashed Hopes: When Our Best-Laid Plans Fall Apart. It’s for small groups or personal reflection. It aims to speak to … [Read more...] about how to find hope again
This post contains affiliate links. May means Mother’s Day. I’ve written before about the complicated nature of this holiday (and the need to remember all kinds of mothers on Mother’s Day). But it remains a beautiful time to celebrate the women who have mothered us—and the mothers that many of us are becoming. In honor of this month’s celebration, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite reads on motherhood. (Check out the Mothering Spirit Facebook page for a great list of readers’ selections, too!) What would you add to the list? Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry by Katrina Kenison Part memoir, part meditation, Katrina’s book might be my favorite on motherhood. Her writing offers such spaciousness and peace that you savor each sentence like a deep breath. I’ve returned to this book many times (clearly the subtitle continues to speak to my life!). Katrina offers stories from ordinary days at home, but weaves in wise perspectives and gentle suggestions that feel … [Read more...] about 5 favorite books on motherhood
Believe it or not, I've had the Pope's visit to the U.S. on the brain for over two years. Back when Everyday Sacrament was only a twinkle in this writer's eye, Liturgical Press invited me to consult with them about new materials they hoped to offer on marriage and family life for the World Meeting of Families (what brings Pope Francis to Philadelphia this week). At the end of our meeting, I decided I would never get another chance like this. So I prayed the quickest, quietest prayer for bravery (and tried not to throw up) and then said, "You know, I've actually been working on a manuscript that might fit what you're looking for..." (Which still feels like the craziest, boldest thing I've ever done.) As luck would have it, the publisher liked the idea of a book on sacraments from the perspective of family life. So away we went! Now two years later, here we are on the cusp of the Pope's arrival. I figured that a week full of sacraments and celebrations calls for a … [Read more...] about Everyday Sacrament: free guide + promo code + giveaway!