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)
I went hunting through Father Clay’s books today for a homily that I could pair with this picture my husband took over the weekend. We were at an apple orchard in Wisconsin, celebrating my birthday, and as we hunted for ripe Sweet Sixteens (“the redder the better”), we found this apple cradled in a tinyContinue reading “An Apple, A Nest, A Tree, and A Prayer”
Father Clay died last weekend. I heard from other members of St. Stan’s and through the Facebook page and then email. And I took the week to feel the loss and think about it before I started writing. I feel so grateful for what he gave us – for what he gave me in theContinue reading “Hearing Father Clay’s Call to Relieve Suffering”
For most of my life, Father’s Day has been something I’ve performed or processed, rather than outright celebrated. While my relationship with my stepfather and husband have always been joyful, my complicated and sometimes painful relationship with my dad has made it a challenging day to celebrate outright. When he died in mid-June four yearsContinue reading “Feeling Father’s Day”
They canceled the Minnesota State Fair last week. I pretty much assumed they would, though it was no fun to see it in print, after a week of canceled summer camps and winding down work with my biggest client, who is putting our contract on pause while the pandemic plays out. It seemed like nothingContinue reading “Primitive Feelings and the Minnesota State Fair”
Father Clay helped me develop a litmus test for whether I’m doing the right thing or need to rethink my actions or attitude: Is this the most loving thing I could be doing right now, or is there a more loving way for me to show up?
I got in some good nature hiking, art observing and yoga yesterday. Lots of time to be quietly aware. Here are some tips from Father Clay for your reflective time. To allow God to transform us beyond purity and duty into the reign of God: Purity and Duty Be quietly aware of the Love (God)Continue reading “Everyone loves a list: ways to allow God to transform us”
Yesterday I visited the Fox News home page, just to see what they were talking about over there. I’ve never actually done that before, because I’ve got so many other things to do and really just haven’t wanted to. I like the New York Times, and I like the stories that pop up on myContinue reading “Certainty and my limited view”
The second week of distance learning in St. Paul starts today. Last week was HARD. Not because the work was hard or the expectations too high, but because having to be all things to all people brings out the worst in me. My kids are used to being accountable to a teacher for their schoolContinue reading “Structure vs force: love and elearning”
I so want things to be different today. I want to KNOW when the pandemic will lift. I want to let my children play with their friends. I want them to go back to school. I bargain a little with God. Or at least, I hope for very specific outcomes. I set milestones, like, ifContinue reading “Prayer lessons for a hard day”
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