The Freedom of Giving Up

Lent gives us the opportunity to let God strip away the disordered desires that “own” us so we can be free to choose HIm.

  We have a very mixed up idea of what freedom is. We think that freedom is choice, and more specifically in our consumerist society, we think true freedom is having a multitude of choices. We expect the t-shirt we want to be available in every color under the sun. We expect hundreds of flavors of coffee to be waiting for us at the grocery store. But on a deeper level, we think moral freedom is … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living At a Glance: April

Shepherd's Pie for St. George of Merry England

I’m always trying to figure out how to make it easier for families to observe the Christian Year because we felt so overwhelmed when we first started that journey (which is why we wrote the book we wish we had then).  I thought it might be helpful for our family to have resources compiled for the month ahead so that we can plan in advance which special saints days we want to observe and I hope … [Read more...]

Bury the Alleluia and Other Last Minute Lent Resources

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It's here. Lent. Ash Wednesday. After a rip-roaring Mardi Gras, Baby Gwen made it her special task to mortify my flesh by getting up at 4:45am...Pretty typical wake time. But it hurt a little more after eating too many cookies and staying up too late. So here I am gulping coffee while she chomps on banana and we wait in the dark for the rest of the family to wake up so we can go to Mass. Lent … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: March

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I’m always trying to figure out how to make it easier for families to observe the Christian Year because we felt so overwhelmed when we first started that journey (which is why we wrote the book we wish we had then).  I thought it might be helpful for our family to have resources compiled for the month ahead so that we can plan in advance which special saints days we want to observe and I hope … [Read more...]

Have a Blessed Good Friday

Lamentation, Giotto Once upon a time I was in grad school for art history. I love the Christian artistic tradition and this image by Giotto is one of my favorites for Holy Week. Look at how the angels grieve for Our Lord, the way the Blessed Mother cradles Him, and how St. Mary Magdalene holds the feet she so recently washed with perfume. I also wanted to share part of T. S. Eliot's Four … [Read more...]

Holy Time: Lent and Cleaning Up My Whiny Soul

(Please join us in the Little HolyDays Lenten Link-Up by sharing your posts about this liturgical season. Linky below!) “I CAN’T do it! It’s TOO HARD!” whined my then 3-year-old son as he sat in the middle of his messy room and cried at the idea of having to clean up the toys, books, and stuffed animals scattered everywhere. Maybe I’m asking too much, I thought. He’s clearly overwhelmed. … [Read more...]

Preparing for Lent

Lent is almost upon us! It’s very early this year beginning a week from today, Ash Wednesday. This season of the liturgical year is represented by the color purple: the color of the bruised heart. This is the uncomfortable time preceding Easter when we remove distractions, focus on spiritual formation, and take an honest look at ourselves in order that we might prepare our hearts. Here’s a few … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 6

(Don't forget to enter my giveaway: A Beautiful Clothbound Penguin Edition of Pride and Prejudice!) Coming up in the Liturgical Year: Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Lent! I didn't realize that THIS WEDNESDAY will be Ash Wednesday until yesterday! We're having some friends over to celebrate Fat Tuesday (King Cake, and Cajun food!) and I need to decide what I'm giving up for Lent. In the past I've … [Read more...]