My newsletter is Sisters and Friends: Refresh Your
Soul with Melanie Rigney, and you can read about the latest issue, download it, or subscribe from this page. Each month, I'll share something about a
Catholic saint and woman living today who will inspire you, spiritual resources, and a brief note of where I'll be in the coming month.
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I begin the month of November (and November's newsletter) by wishing you a Happy All Saints Day.
The Blessed Pauline Mallinckrodt reminds us that patience and faith are bound up together. Learning to act matters, and so does learning to wait. Want to know more about Pauline? You'll just have to wait -- but just until you read the newsletter.
Carol Monaco is this month's friend in faith. The way Carol boldly takes on new challenges reminds me to follow where He leads without fear. Meet Carol at Journey to Our Lady or through her column at Catholic Stand. You can also meet Carol offline: she is the author of Heavenly Mother Help Me: Prayers, Poetry, and Prose for Daily Living.
My nightstand... let me tell you about my nightstand. Mostly this month is for writing. "Writing what?" You may ask, and I tell you to read the newsletter to find out. There's a manuscript due in March and I have two novels in the works. If I do find time to read this month, it will be Holy Desperation: Praying as If Your Life Depends On It by Heather King. Appropriately enough.
Someday I might retire, and if I do, I'm getting back to my roots, my family roots. They reach back to a dozen people who fought in the Revolution and may even include a couple of links to immigrants on the Mayflower. It all puts me in mind of Thanksgiving. The month begins with All Saints Day, but it comes to a lovely crescendo on the fourth Thursday.
What has gone before:
I'm torn about autumn. There's plenty about autumn to love and plenty to dislike. Autumn demands balance. Jerusalem artichokes weight it toward joy.
Saints Rose of Lima and Martin de Porres are riding in the caboose (if you're not of a certain age, look it up) of my stories of sainted men and women working together. Saint Rose did not take compliments well. Rather than be distracted by her own perceived beauty, she vandalized it. That might make her a bit hard for us to relate to, but it didn't stand in Martin's way. He shared Rose's mysticism and vocation. This month's newsletter isn't a tabloid, but it does contain a sensational love story.
I've known Karen Audant for a decade. When Karen feels the need for a spiritual boost, she often looks for it outdoors. Way outdoors: Patagonia soon. She reminds me that God must be pretty big to fill up all of that.
Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrud Undset is a trilogy set in 14th Century Norway, published in the 1920's. The books describe Kristin's spiritual and physical journey from childhood to death. Sigrid Undset won the 1928 Nobel prize for literature, mostly for these works (it's a wonder my nightstand can support the weight of such things). With that kind of pedigree, you might imagine they'd be a rewarding read. They are!
This month so much is happening that there's almost too much to tell. On October 13, I'll be appearing on WMET-AM to talk about the Future with Hope Conference; then the conference itself is on October 21-22 in Falls Church; then on October 29, I'm head majorette for my parish's All Saints' Day Parade. No, no I'm not, but I will deliver some opening remarks.
Read about all of it in the newsletter.