Have a look out my window on the quiet fields of Holy Cross Abbey where I spent a few days in prayer, reading, editing, and contemplation of the road ahead, whatever sort it may be -- and enjoying God's peace.
Joan Sheppard is my friend in faith this month. Joan exchanged a secure and successful career in contracts and finance for a rather less predictable life serving parishes in a variety of roles. Why? Because that's what she believes God asked her to do. That's quite an example to contemplate if you think you might be feeling God's prodding to do something that you're not already doing.
Lonni Collins Pratt's Radical Hospitality: Benedict's Way of Love has found a resting place on my nightstand where it challenges me to think about what it means to offer hospitality to others, especially to others who are other.
And that's not all!
Ssshhhh! Stop talking and listen. No, not you. Me! That's what I intend to do for a few days this month at the Holy Cross Abbey Retreat House. I expect to open my mouth when I visit their bakery, but it's my heart I mean to keep open.
Twofers. Women saints who knew each other, were related, or crossed paths in meaningful, personal ways will be my specialty for the next little while. Take these two: Anna Maria Taigi and Elizabeth Canori Mora. These two friends supported each other through the more or less ordinary trials and tribulations of life while also doing extraordinary work as lay members of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity in Rome. This century, or any century, you meet some the nicest people while on missions for Christ.
Michele Huey is my friend in faith this month. That would be Michele the talented, the kind, the faithful and the indominitable. Let me recount the ways she has earned her nicknames... In the newsletter. Get to reading.
On my nightstand is a former barfly and Catholic convert's book, Shirt of Flame. Heather King specializes in "mystery, smarts and laughs" on her blog. Her book shares one year of dealing with loss through St. Therese of Lisieux's "Little Way." So, what's on your nightstand?
Berryville, baseball, babies, and Bible-study should make for a bountiful, beautiful month. Come along for the ride in my newsletter, and tell me what you're up to, too.