A few days a week, I get to a point where I ask (usually in exasperation): “Why can’t I even just finish a single thought?!” It’s often after hours of homeschooling the kids, trying to place online grocery pick up, folding a basket of laundry, sending a few emails, feeding the children, in a flurry … Continue reading The Hidden Blessing in Being Interrupted
I'm learning to redefine success by leaning into our ultimate goals as parents: to help our children become saints.
Hello and welcome to our new series, "Ask a Catholic!" This is a spot where you can ask us anything about Catholicism, and we are happy to answer. I've been looking forward to this so much, especially since so many of my friends are Protestant/Evangelical. Firstly, as a way to reduce the misunderstandings between us. … Continue reading “Ask a Catholic” #1: “I’m happily Evangelical, I’m not sure I see the relevance of learning about Catholics at this point in my walk of faith.”
Option two is the voice that tells me there have been many quiet saints made of mothers throughout time, most of whom we’ve never even heard of. It tells me that this calling can purify me and build me into an example of holiness for my sake and the sake of my children. It’s the option that tells me I’m not a saint yet.
I know now very deeply how it feels to know you are forgiven by hearing it said. I know how much it has the power to heal.
During a year where there has been less ‘togetherness’ than we’re used to, it feels especially profound to draw near to those we love in prayer in this intentional way.
The other night, JP and I were doing something that required us to leave the house, and, since leaving the house is a special occasion these days, I decided to put on a bit of make-up, which hasn't happened, I don't think, since maybe Thanksgiving?
If you find yourself listening to the running commentary in your own mind, struggling with negative thoughts or worries or fears, if you are feeling like your life is somehow a mismatch for the things you feel are truly important, this might be a good resource to check out!
I understand prayer a lot differently now, I think, in part, because I understand God differently.
Because of this, one of my biggest take home messages of the year has interestingly been an intense reaffirmation of how often the most worth-it things are not the easiest.