{Practicing Benedict} Seven Times a Day

“The words of the Psalm are: I have uttered your praises seven times during the day. We shall fulfill that sacred number of seven if at the times of Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline we perform the duty of service to God, because it was of these day hours that the psalm [Read More...]

For a day when…

You arrive at church 30 minutes late and take another 30 to lower your raised blood pressure. When you blame your husband for the family’s problem of time and he rolls his eyes because he knows the truth. You had such plans, such plans! To write and work and finally put away the Christmas decorations. [Read More...]

{Practicing Benedict} Your hope of fulfillment

Welcome to Mama:Monk’s weekly Wednesday series examining St. Benedict’s Rule and what it is teaching me about life as a stay at home mom. “Your hope of fulfillment should be centered in God alone. When you see any good in yourself, then, don’t take it to be your very own, but acknowledge it as a gift from [Read More...]

Snow piled

We wake up to snow piled on the outdoor table, still parked where it sat all summer. We were not prepared for this: two inches stuck on green leaves, quivering out of concerned trees. They weren’t prepared either. “Mama, does this mean it’s almost Christmas?” my boy asks in his pajamas and I shake my [Read More...]

80 degrees, cool breeze, breakfast tacos: a list

It’s Thankful Tuesday! A List: Eighty degrees and a cool breeze! My baby sleeping on me outside in the shade while my husband and little boy laugh and make up games in the apartment complex pool. A holiday and we’re all home together. Time to read and hear the Psalms. Breakfast tacos in Austin, Texas. [Read More...]

“Forever — is composed of Nows”

We have a new poem, dear memorizing friends. I know you always think I’ve forgotten. But I really haven’t. I’m just waiting and thinking. (Or, more likely, distracted by everything else in my life that’s not poetry.) Did you know that I love Emily Dickinson? I love her for being so very weird. I love her freaky [Read More...]


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