The priests and parishioners at St. Stan’s have preached God’s love for generations. In this blog, I use their teachings to grow and thrive
(while homeschooling, working from home and staying healthy)
Today is World Peace Day. It’s a breather after an intense couple of weeks. We marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11, which for me meant revisiting the darkness of that day and explaining our presence and departure from Afghanistan to our kids. These are dark times for Haitians and other refugees at the southern border.Continue reading “World Peace Day: Peace is an inside job”
Here’s a picture of Father Clay at Will’s baptism in 2008. (He baptized Anna in 2011, too!) We’re thinking of him today, on the one-year anniversary of his death. Today marks the one-year anniversary of Father Clay’s death. We prayed for him in church yesterday, and took a moment to feel thankful for having hadContinue reading “With love to Father Clay, on the anniversary of his passing”
The gospel this week covered the Pharisees complaining to Jesus about his disciples not washing his hands properly. Father Dennis rightly called them out on focusing more on manners than on people. (Though in our current context, I understand why they’d get the heebee jeebees about people not washing their hands.) And Father Dennis said,Continue reading “The question God asks us when we die”
The summer is getting long, and for me, summer is never long. It’s always too short. But this year, the fighting and button pushing between my kids is making it hard for me to concentrate. I want them to go back to school so they can interact with people their own age. And so thatContinue reading “I admit it: these kids are pushing my buttons.”
When the pandemic started, my husband was the nervous one. He bought masks first, he sanitized the groceries. He didn’t want the kids to play outside with their friends. He watched the case numbers and the death numbers rise every day. I walked beside him with a “Wait, what?” expression and tried to understand theContinue reading “Serenity Prayer for parents of unvaccinated kiddos”
We’re spending the week in “God’s Country” – an informal nickname for the part of Minnesota where I grew up. We’re 70 miles north of the area people typically call “Northern Minnesota,” and we’re still three hours south of Canada. So it’s remote, but not that remote. We have wi-fi and groceries, so we’re notContinue reading “God’s “in” his heaven, and all is right in my world”
My heart has been changed, and it’s proof that gentle prayers asking God to help you find peace can help you. It took almost 9 years, but I can finally look at a rabbit in my yard with peace in my heart. Up until, like, yesterday, I looked at rabbits near my garden with rageContinue reading “Gardens, rabbits, and spirituality lessons from a 4-year-old”
Tonight I hit the big time: telling my spirituality story on a Facebook Live stream! I’ve been working on this talk for months, and it’s full of things that have hurt me, things that have touched me, and things that have saved me. The first thing I noticed at St. Stan’s was the highly visibleContinue reading “Holy is any place where it is safe to tell your story”
This Thursday I’m participating in a Signature Talk Showcase on my friend and coach Sally Zimney’s BeMoved Facebook page. I’m talking about my spiritual journey and how I’ve integrated my relationship with God with my other work toward physical and emotional well being. Just a warning, early listeners cried when they heard it. However: No one has feltContinue reading “See my talk on spirituality and wellness”
Last week I took this little love blog out onto the open Internet. I was searching for an audience, so I put $25 down on Facebook and targeted people who liked Yoga to try to build a following. (I was guessing, mostly because I don’t know how to segment and target you, dear readers.) IContinue reading “God is Love is God”
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