Feeling Father’s Day

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”

Primitive Feelings and the Minnesota State Fair

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”

Everyone loves a list: ways to allow God to transform us

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”

Certainty and my limited view

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”

Structure vs force: love and elearning

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”

Prayer lessons for a hard day

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”

Nope, I’m not Father Clay.

My name is Katie Walter, and I’ve been a parishioner at St. Stan’s since 2005. My husband and I have attended St. Stan’s for a few years longer than that, but we didn’t officially “join” until we were preparing for our wedding and Father John Clay said we should probably join. When I asked why,Continue reading “Nope, I’m not Father Clay.”