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.
Subscribe to Sisters and Friends
Ah, spring! When we see the evanescence of flowers and circumstances and celebrate the endurance of friendships, beauty, and God.
No one is beyond redemption, especially in spring, so we look to the lives — and deaths — of Sister Rani Maria (murdered in 1995) and Maria Goretti (also murdered) and the people who loved them and others who killed them. Tales of slaughter and forgiveness: if they were any more vivid, they'd be a miniseries.
My friend Molly isn't blind, but she has a guide dog in anticipation of the day she will be nearly so. She sees the future clearly enough to get to know her dog Mileigh now, and she saw fit to accept a marriage proposal, and she saw the way to return to the Church where she cantors at Mass. She says, "Yes," even in the face of challenges and changes. Want to know what fearlessness sounds like? Say, "Yes." Who inspires you?
On my nightstand is a new book by Wayne Muller. A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough. Wayne also wrote Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight.
Lori Stanley Roeleveld riffs on a famous folktale in Jesus and the Beanstalk. For clues about why it's well worth getting beyond the fee and the fie and foe and the fum, have a look at Whitney Hopler's interview with the author elsewhere on this site. And don't pass up your chance to win an autographed copy of Jesus and the Beantsalk (Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life), no magic beans required.
What has gone before:
Didju know you have a smudge on your forehead? Yes. Yes, I do. And I'm ready to explain why. Lent is not just about giving things up (I'm giving up wastefulness of many flavors) but also about making opportunities to introduce Christ to all who ask.
You know how you set your plans in one direction, and life goes in another? Oh, you too, eh? Well say hello to the Blessed Assunta Marchetti who took aim at a nunnery in Italy and landed in Brazil.
It may not seem like Allison Gingras leads a quiet life (she blogs, she runs a book club, she has a radio show, and she leads retreats...) but she knows when to spend a quiet moment with God, and we discovered one together in Minneapolis. Read all about it, and click the links to my friend in faith's online busy-ness, in the newsletter.
On my nightstand is my second helping of Pat Gohn's work. Her book Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious introduced me not only to a writer who's become a friend and mentor but to the concept of spiritual motherhood. So I'd rather read than sleep with her new book at hand. All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters awaits!
This month, my books and I are staying a bit closer to home than we did in February. We'off to Alexandria, Virginia, and then to Wye Mills, Maryland. See my calendar of events for more details. After that I'm spending a weekend in retreat in the Shenandoah Valley.