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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May, in literature and in life, is a time for joy and friendship. May it live up to that for you. And if it doesn't, read a book, or a poem, and try again.
St. Isidora the Simple did not wear a glass slipper to the ball, but that was only because there were no glass slippers in Fourth Century Egypt and by all accounts she wouldn't have gone to a ball anyway. She was dedicated to Christ to the exclusion of all else, forsaking comfort and taking on the most unpleasant tasks. An angel directed a hermit to the monastery where he sought a woman of extraordinary grace. St. Isidora, of course. Her 400 sisters did their best to demonstrate that their devotion was as profound as hers, and it was all too much for St. Isidora. She escaped to the desert to continue her simple worship of Jesus in earthly solitude.
Cathy Elliott is this month's featured friend in faith. Hers is a journey of ever-increasing devotion, of finding creative ways to deepen her relationship with the Lord. Check out the newsletter for the ways her inner beauty shines.
On my nightstand is Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser by Lewis Richmond, a Zen Buddhist priest. It's all too clear to me that I am growing older, so I might as well make sure I'm doing it as well as I can. Besides, now that we've lost Robert Pirsig, it seems more or less natural to contemplate Zen and the Art of Aging.
Candace Means is the winner of a signed copy of Lori Stanley Roeleveld's Jesus and the Beanstalk (Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life). See the newsletter for an invitation to nominate recent books written by women that have aided you on your spiritual journey. It's easy and potentially profitable which is as good a deal as any you're ever going to get.
May will be a busy month! I'll be working with the Arlington Diocese Council of Catholic Women, St. Agnes, and Landings International. Click here and here and here for some of the events in which I'll be involved. Among the things I'll be talking about is this. If you don't want to click on anonymous-looking links, you know where to read all about it.
What has gone before:
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.