January Goals

Today is the feast of the Infant of Prague! We’ve been preparing with a novena especially to Him; and now, almost at January’s mid-point, I’m checking in on my commitment to renewal in 2019. Mind I’m slowly easing back into a more engaged reading list. Books that have been waiting for me to “have the…

Selling Mediocrity: Sustainability in an age of transience

I bought insulated work gloves in mid-November. They were leather, with fleece lining and oh-so-warm. The first day we used them out in the yard they tore, and we’ve been patching them ever since. At Christmas, my parents gave my husband insulated work gloves from the Army Surplus. Gloves that should have lasted more than…

Books & Papers: Shadow Play

I’m reading Clare Asquith’s Shadow Play – a book about the beliefs and politics that may be expressed in Shakespeare’s plays. It’s fascinating, especially since a recent commission of my husband’s has brought our minds back to the Elizabethan persecution of Catholics. The icon commissioned was St. Nicholas Owen, a man I’d never heard of…

Winter Skincare: Where I am, and Where I’m Going

Maine winters are hard on skin. My hands and face especially struggle against the cold winter and hot stove. I’m a careless stove-tender, and my fingers are singed often. I also seem to have slow circulation so my skin is definitely not at it’s best in the slow, sluggish months of January and February. But…

Hospitality: The Bohemian Catholic’s Benedict Option

Hospitality can be a huge struggle when you’re trying to shape an environment. We want to be welcoming, but we also want to keep our homes safe-havens for ourselves and our children. We want to be open to strangers in need, but without being ignorant of the risks involved. Hospitality is essential. As Christians, and…

Renewal

How was your 2018? Full of challenges and struggles? Full of unrealized dreams? Yeah, me too. 2018 was a rough year for a lot of us. For some, most of the struggles were frustrating and exhausting. They forced us to reach out, ask for help, and accept the generosity of friends and family. Last year…

The Bohemian Catholic’s Benedict Option: A New Year’s Resolutuon

Welcome 2019! In the dim, flickering lamplight of Midwinter we’ve been talking over our little family’s shifting focus. We’re longing to step farther outside the wide-world to build a stronger domestic monastery among the trees. We’re longing to become more radical, more gentle, and more intentional in our daily life and this longing is beginning…

Yuletide Evenings

The sun sets early, we light the lamps and scatter candles. The trees is shimmering with reflected light, the fire crackles.  There’s hot soup in bowls and fresh bread on the cutting board. Kids nestle together in front of the fire reading and laughing together. Yuletide evenings are full of good things and cozy memories….

Healing, Hot Drinks for Midwinter

We are gathering around the stove more and more often these days, for tea and coffee, and other soothing cups. We cradle our mugs in hands streaked with soot and ink, sipping drinks that comfort our hearts and hands, souls and bodies. We’re a coffee family in the mornings, or late at night, and sometimes…

End of Advent Devotions

We’re nearing the end of the O Antiphons, the nights are at their longest, and the days are all too brief. I’ve been praying the St. Andrew Novena this month, and it’s become a part of the season. I pray it when I’m driving, when I’m washing dishes, when I’m feeding the stove. I end…