This post contains affiliate links. Three years ago, I said yes. (A small yes. More like a "sure, why not?") I never expected it would change my life. When a friend asked if I'd be willing to check out another blogger's new idea - to create an online ministry devoted to Scripture for Catholic women - I said sure. I could help out. Write a short something once a month. Nothing to lose, right? Little did I know what I was saying yes to that day. What Jenna Guizar dreamed up in 2014 became so much bigger than any of us expected. Blessed is She now reaches tens of thousands of women every day through our daily devotionals, social media, and Scripture resources. The ministry offers regional retreats, virtual workshops, and online groups for prayer and support. It's given me a tribe of friends, a renewed love for Scripture, and a deep awe for the Spirit at work in the world. What started as a simple yes has become so much more than I dreamed at the beginning. (This, I have … [Read more...] about she who believed: the 2018 Lent Journal
It's steadily fall now. Even I can admit it, a summer-loving girl who hates to kick the flipflops to the dusty back of the closet. The light is lower each afternoon, the mornings darker. The seasons have turned again. I'm trying to soak up what's good about this one. The splash of colors on trees, the clarity of sunlight through bare branches. Autumn is a beauty to behold. We only need to appreciate its brilliant golds and reds. The startling turn of trees from one day to the next. In spring you have to search for the spectacular. Be willing to get your boots mucked in the boggy earth, your fingers muddy in the cold dirt and meltwater to uncover its raw becoming. But autumn is unearned. All nature's work, our gift. You can take it all in from the passenger seat. . . . For months now I've been living off-season. I wrote the Blessed Is She Advent journal this summer before Benjamin was born. I'd wake early, the house already flooded with outrageous June sun. I … [Read more...] about a turning of seasons
Dear friends: Tomorrow the director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars and I are putting the final touches on a book on discipleship. (I can't wait to tell you more very soon!) The day after tomorrow, I'm packing up our family of five for a much-needed vacation. Needless to say, life is buzzing round these parts. So since Lent is less than 2 weeks away, I thought I'd share a few quick ideas for ways you can celebrate the season. (Yes, you could also call this post "Shameless Plugs: The Pre-Lent Edition." Apologies.) For your church or small group: If you're new to Mothering Spirit, you might not know that I've written two programs for small groups in parishes and congregations to gather for conversations around questions of calling. Called to Life is a general introduction to God's call in our lives, and Called to Work explores how our professional work can be a calling. Both programs run for 6 weeks (making them the perfect length for Lent). Best of all, participant and … [Read more...] about what to do for Lent?