Recommended reading for Lent

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Ash Wednesday is just around the corner (March 9), so I wanted to share my suggestions for great Lenten reads, and get your suggestions as well. Also, based on some emails I’ve been getting with questions about Lent, I wanted to say: If you’re considering observing Lent but aren’t familiar with it, I strongly… [Continue Reading]

What are some “baby steps” for celebrating Advent?

Christmas decoration with candles and gingerbread house

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I hate to admit this, but I’ve come to associate Advent with EPIC FAIL. (And preparing the way for the glorious birth of Christ, of course. That and EPIC FAIL.) Every year for the past three years I’ve tried lead my family in some of the rich traditions that this beautiful part of the… [Continue Reading]

Breathing with the Body of Christ

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As I mentioned the other day, until recently I didn’t understand what Advent was all about. Actually, I didn’t completely understand what Lent, Easter or Christmas were all about either. The significance of the different seasons of the liturgical year was one of the last things that I researched in my long road from… [Continue Reading]

What child is this?

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Every time I hear the song What Child is This?, I feel haunted. It started back in 2005, when I was still researching Christianity and not sure that I believed its claims. I’d be driving around, yapping into my cell phone, glaring at people who drove too slowly as I rushed to buy presents… [Continue Reading]

And to dust you shall return

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail We had a great time on Fat Tuesday. To do some feasting before the start of our first Lent as Catholics, my husband and I went to the the Darwins‘ house. When I first arrived I felt the wind pick up and looked to see some threatening clouds on the horizon, so I hurried… [Continue Reading]

Celebrating Advent

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As I mentioned, at the beginning of this month I found myself scrambling to celebrate Advent…which was especially challenging since I had no idea what Advent was (luckily my kind readers helped me out). I had to turn the page over on my already huge to-do list to now add “Get Advent wreath!”, then… [Continue Reading]

Scrambling to celebrate Advent

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As I walked into our beautiful church yesterday, I heard glorious music waft through the building, noticed a lovely purple candle burning near the altar, and saw our priest in a rich purple robe. And in a moment of saint-like spiritual maturity, I thought: “OH CRAP, IT’S ADVENT!” In typical fashion, I really wanted… [Continue Reading]